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COST OVERRUNS AT THE KINGDOME CONTINUE TO RISE
Published November 15, 1994
The $32.5M budget for the roof, ceiling, and structural repairs to the Kingdome will reach $51M before the project is completed early next year. The figure, released by King County officials, does not include payments to the Mariners or the Seahawks, payments which could exceed $6M. Almost half of the extra cost of repairs ($8.5M) is safety-related. King County Exec Gary Locke said if $51M is what it takes to finish the job, "that is what we will have to do." But County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer "attacked the credibility" of acting Kingdome Director Dick Sandaas and said he will fly in roof experts from "back East" to review the work. Von Reichbauer also threatened to hold up additional funds until he "gets some answers." How the county will finance repair costs and tenants claims remains undecided, although Locke has suggested extending the hotel-motel tax, a Kingdome admissions tax, and a car rental tax (George Foster, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 11/15).