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NEW BASEBALL STADIUM IN SEATTLE? -- DOLLAR QUESTIONS REMAIN
Published January 13, 1995
The King County Stadium Alternatives Task Force met Wednesday in Seattle and "endorsed a new home for the Mariners." The plan calls for "35% to 45% financing by private money and the rest from a combination of user taxes" -- such as admission fees, car-rental taxes, and a tax on alcohol and tobacco. But before the vote could be cast, Ron Sims, Vice Chair of the County Council's Fiscal Management Committee, said that any increase in tax "should be approved at the polls." Other county officials agreed saying that although people want the Mariners to stay, it's going to take a lot of public support. Within the next week King County Exec Gary Locke will put together a "meeting of political leaders" from the County Council, Seattle City Council, state Legislature and Governor's office. Locke "acknowledged a major selling job will be required to convince legislators the state should support the stadium plan." The Mariners have said that "unless ground is broken for a new stadium by 1996, they will not sign a new lease to keep the team in Seattle." The team's current lease at the Kingdome expires in '96 (Bill Knight, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/12).