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MARINERS DEADLINE TODAY: CITY COUNCIL TAKES ONE MORE SHOT
Published January 13, 1997
"Faced with a realization that today's Mariner-imposed deadline can't be met," the Seattle City Council has asked the team for more time to come up with a financial compromise, according to Heath Foster of the SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER. Councilmember Sue Donaldson said team officials would let her know this morning. A majority of the council would not support a proposal to use "no more than $500,000 a year of city tax revenue" to pay for game- day traffic control and cleanup when the team moves to its new stadium in '99. The M's gave the city until today to come up with a plan to handle game-day costs and team owners said the alternative was to put the team up for sale. The 20-year ballpark lease signed before Christmas gives either side the right to terminate the lease if a deal isn't reached by today (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/13).