The Mariners and the Public Facilities District agreed in May on terms for a 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium. But the deal is contingent on the county council a proposal to send $180 million in hotel-motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.Balmain Tribal Beaded High Heel Pump Ankle Bootie New Sandals,
A divided King County Council on Monday questioned the Mariners over a plan to give $180 million in public funds toward fixes at Safeco Field, kicking off a debate over whether the money could instead be used on housing.Jimmy Choo Black Marcia Patent Leather Snakeskin Sandals,
The Mariners and the Public Facilities District that oversees the ballpark had agreed in May on terms for a potential 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium, which expires at the end of this year. But the deal is contingent on the county council approving Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to send $180 million in hotel and motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.
The council had its first opportunity to publicly vet the plan Monday ahead of a committee vote that could happen as soon as Aug. 29 — and a full council vote in September.
Barneys New York Beige Nude Blush Patent Leather Criss-cross Strap 115mm Sandals,The council framed the issue largely as a choice between giving the money toward the stadium or using it to build affordable housing. Under state law, 75 percent of the lodging tax revenues in question will go toward housing and the arts — split evenly between the two categories — and the remaining 25 percent can go toward promoting tourism, such as the Mariners’ ballpark, or something else such as housing.
Most Read Sports Stories
- 'An amazing opportunity for Seattle': NHL group touts Northgate practice facility as asset for area VIEW
- Sockeyes or Totems? Announcing the winner of our (unofficial) tournament to name Seattle's NHL team VIEW
- The Final Word: Bob Condotta reviews what he got right and wrong about Seahawks vs. Rams
- Q&A with Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake: 'We know the bull’s-eye’s on us' WATCH
- Sports on TV & radio: Local listings for Seattle games and events
Tory Burch Navy Sea Gold Logo Jelly Slide SandalsConverse Green Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Hi-top Sneakers Sneakers,Jimmy Choo Orange Token Collection SandalsChristian Louboutin Light Gold Samotresse Wing Metallic Leather Sandals,Tory Burch Black Mignon Rings with Toe Ring Sandals,Tory Burch Blue Steel Curio Suede Heels/Sandals Sandals,Nike Womens Zoom Pink Trainers New Sneakers,Versace Nude Patent Leather Ankle-strap Sandals,B Brian Atwood Fuchsia Suede Unknown SandalsSaint Laurent White S06 Star Sneakers Sneakers,Ecco Mocha/Coffee Men's Enrico Retro Sneaker - 13.5 Eu 47 Sneakers,Christian Louboutin Nude Patent Leather with Gold Leather Trim Sandals,Christian Louboutin Clear Indera Heels Sandals,Jimmy Choo Black Nox T-strap Crystal Sandals,Tory Burch Jelly Like Flip Flops Sandals,Christian Louboutin Brown Tan Gladiator Sandals,Dior White Black Silver Logo Diorevolution Leather Mule Slide Flat SandalsZiGi girl Pink Serpent Snake Ankle Cuff High Heel Hot Sexy Sandals,Sergio Rossi Dark Brown Leather Polle Grab Platform Studded Mules 11 Sandals,Givenchy Black/Gold Crocodile Embossed Leather Ankle Strap Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Blue Denim Ankle-strap Sandals,Jack Rogers Red and Gold Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Jewels & Crystal Heels Sz: Sandals,Free People Black Cypress Gladiator SandalsRachel Zoe Camouflage Military Style Slip On SandalsRag & Bone Black Luna Sandals,Tory Burch Equestrian -orange-royal-tan 'louisa' Thong Sandals,Tory Burch Black Two-band Flat Espadrille Sandals,Salvatore Ferragamo Blue Satin Platform Sandals,Prada Black Patent Leather Rope Wedge Sandals,
he meeting featured an hour and a half of comments from an overflow crowd that exceeded 50 people, mostly housing advocates and others opposing the stadium financing plan. They carried signs reading “homes over home runs.”
But the most heated part of the meeting came when council member Dave Upthegrove, who is leading the charge against the stadium financing, got a chance to question Mariners executive Fred Rivera.
Upthegrove noted the value of the Mariners, now estimated at $1.45 billion by Forbes, has grown by $1 billion in the past seven years.Balenciaga Pink Suede*sharkskin Detail*strappy High Heel Pump Wedge Sandals,
Vera Wang Taupe Canvas Heels Sandals,“Given that, why couldn’t (the Mariners) fund these upgrades rather than drain public resources?” Upthegrove said to uproarious applause from the crowd, some of whom noted the team’s majority owner, John Stanton, has a net worth valued over $1 billion.
Paul Andrew Black Lagertha Snake and Leather Cage Sandals,Rivera, the team’s legal counsel and an executive vice president, pushed back, noting that the Mariners were eyeing over $800 million in stadium fixes and upgrades over the 25-year lease and that the team would be paying for the vast majority of it. He said the stadium is a publicly owned facility and added that the Public Facilities District, with board members appointed by the county and state, had agreed to the public-funding request.Jason Wu Silver Caged Platform Sandals,
He also pointed to the team’s positive impact on the local economy and tax base. And he implied the club’s revenues could take a hit in future years as part of the general concern in baseball that fewer fans are attending games.Alexander McQueen Fuchsia Red New Studded Leather Sandals,
The Mariners say the $180 million in public funding would go toward necessary fixes to the stadium’s roof, electrical system and other nuts and bolts of the park. The team also plans to fund some $180 million worth of upgrades, including new clubs, concessions and kids areas.Ted Baker Rose Gold Strap Heel Sandals,
Councilman Rob Dembowski also seemed skeptical of the Mariners funding plan and asked pointed questions at the meeting.
But at least two council members, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Pete von Reichbauer, appeared supportive of the plan and sympathetic to the Mariners.Jimmy Choo Brown Stunning Pair Of Leather Strappy Stiletto Heel Sandals,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Pre-Owned, light wear
“For me it doesn’t have to be an either/or, mutually exclusive situation (to fund Safeco vs. housing),” she said.
Von Reichbauer noted that local officials had to battle to make sure the Mariners didn’t move away before Safeco Field was built and added that he didn’t want another “nose-to-nose battle.” He said he wanted to “publicly thank the Seattle Mariners for providing” what he said was one of the the last family friendly destinations in the region and brought up the MLB attendance decline multiple times.Dior Nude Tan Christian Kce374kvn Leather Strappy Eur 38.5 Sandals,
“Jimmy Choo Multi Color Limited Edition X Rob Pruitt Zebra Glitter Cage Sandals,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Topshop Yellow Leather Platform Wedge High Heel Sandals,Council President Joe McDermott, along with von Reichbauer and Kohl-Welles, had previously co-sponsored the general resolution on spending the lodging tax funds — the plan that includes the ballpark funding. Other council members in attendance asked mostly neutral questions at Monday’s meeting.
The Mariners have said if the county rejects the funding, it would sign a short-term lease to stay at Safeco for up to five years, then go back to the drawing board to negotiate a long-term lease.
The $517 million ballpark, which opened in 1999, was funded largely by taxpayers.Donald J. Pliner Multicolor La Verti Sandals,
Sigerson Morrison Cognac Audora Wedge Sandals,Diane von Furstenberg Grey Black White Leather Snake Print Stiletto Heels SandalsJimmy Choo Nude New Garland Gold Glitter Metallic Heels Sandals,Alice + Olivia Gold Laura Embossed Wedge Sandals,Laurence Dacade Nude New Flower Embellished Leather SandalsDolce&Gabbana Multicolor Floral Print Fabric Cross Strap Raffia Wedge Ankle Strap Sandals,Tom Ford Black And White Cow Hide Ankle Wrap Platform Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Rhinestones Jewel Peep-toe Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Brown/Cream Leather Multistrap Sandals,Dolce&Gabbana Black D&g Gladiator Strappy Caged Gladiator Heels Sandals,Miu Miu Silver Leather Platform Clog Studded It 40/ 10 5z4723 SandalsJ.Crew Gold Metallic Leather Heels Sandals,Vince Camuto Coral Adrien Leather 3326 Sandals,Prada Brown Leather Sz: M Wedge Sandals,Jimmy Choo Black Strappy Rhinestone Sandals,Donald J. Pliner Dark Brown Vajib Sandals,Valentino Purple Strappy Leather Ankle-wrap Cage Toes Sandals,Loeffler Randall Multiple Espadrille Wedges with Leather Straps Sandals,Jimmy Choo Black and Gold Elazer Aym SandalsBurberry Silver Platform with Ankle Wrap Strap Sandals,ALA?A Tan Python Gladiator Buckle Sandals,Sergio Rossi Black Slingback Platform Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Wooden Heels Sandals,Salvatore Ferragamo Turquoise Embossed Peep Toe Slingback Sandals,Jil Sander Black New Platform Wedge T-strap Leather Sandals,Jimmy Choo Gold Glitter Platform Covered Open-toe Pumps SandalsCole Haan Black Leather Strappy Euro 37.5 Sandals,Dolce Vita Gold Leather Designer Strappy Sandals,Pour La Victoire Pewter Edwarda Sandals,Pierre Hardy Multicolor New Caged Suede Sandals,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.