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LEGISLATORS TO VOTE BY FRIDAY ON SEATTLE STADIUM TAX PLAN
Published May 11, 1995
WA lawmakers are hoping to vote by Friday on a bill that would allow the King County Council to raise the county sales tax by .1 cent according to the Tacoma MORNING NEWS TRIBUNE. This legislation would create the $27M a year necessary to build a proposed $280M retractable roof stadium for the Mariners. The bill would also "provide enough money" to finance ceiling and roof repairs on the Kingdome. According to State Rep. Steve Van Luven, the bill would, among other things, establish a "public facilities district to build and operate" the stadium; require the Mariners to pay $45M of the cost over 20 years; require the Mariners to sign a 20-year lease; require the Mariners to play at least 90% of their home games there; and finally, the bill the new ballpark is to have a "retractable roof and real grass." Unlike prior proposals, this deal would not include direct state participation, though Mariners officials have not "given up hope" on state money. Mariners VP Paul Isaki: "The issue of state participation is not entirely closed" (Peter Callaghan, Tacoma MORNING NEWS TRIBUNE, 5/11).