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2006 Seattle Elections

General Elections Voters' Guide

Initiative 91 - Below Value Leases to Sports Teams - Statement Against and Rebuttal


Statement Against Seattle Initiative 91


Imagine Seattle without the Seahawks, Sonics, Storm or Mariners. This initiative would forever change the future of sports in Seattle, and maybe even lead to a future without professional sports. It would change the way Seattle could attract, retain, or negotiate sport contracts and dramatically restrict the city’s ability to keep economically viable teams in Seattle.

But it doesn’t stop there. Because of flawed language, this initiative could reach beyond professional franchises and affect any organization that has “professional” athletes. This could potentially include athletes like race car drivers or even hydroplane racers. Any potential sporting event hosted in Seattle that involves professional athletes could be impacted.

Professional sports are a unique form of community that many of us experience every Sunday with the Seahawks, and weekdays with the Mariners, Sonics, and Storm. They generate hundreds of millions in economic benefits and jobs for Seattle, give us priceless national and international visibility and create a better quality of life for all.

Don’t handcuff our future decisions with this ill conceived initiative. Vote no on Initiative 91 to keep professional sports alive in Seattle!

STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Ralph Morton, Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission


Rebuttal of Statement Against


Yes on I-91 will change the way pro-sports are played in Seattle, back to the way they used to be played. Remember when Barry Ackerley owned the Sonics, and paid ‘fair value’ rent, at KeyArena?

Yes on I-91 simply means pro-sports teams must once again pay ‘fair value’ rent, pay their own ‘fair value’ share of costs.

Yes on I-91 says elected officials can’t negotiate away the store, chasing phony ‘economic impact’ dollars. National economists have long since shown that money spent on entertainment does not boost local economies. Rather, it just transfers economic activity from one part of our community to another.

Yes on I 91 stops pro-sports tax subsidies.

Yes on I-91 means pro-sports teams pay real cash dollars, ‘fair value’ dollars, into the economy. That is very good for the future of hard-working Seattle taxpayers.

REBUTTAL SUBMITTED BY: Mark Baerwaldt & Chris Van Dyk, Co-Chairs, Citizens for More Important Things

For more information contact:
Yes on I-91
Citizens for More Important Things
PO Box 4473
Seattle, WA 98194
206-854-6127
info@citizensformoreimportantthings.org
www.citizensformoreimportantthings.org






General Election Voters' Guide

Introduction

Voter Registration, Polling Places & Absentee Ballots

Seattle Form of Government

Links to Non-Seattle Voters' Pamphlets

Council Position 9

Sally Clark

Stan Lippman

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 1

Edsonya Charles

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 2

C. Kimi Kondo

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3

Ron A. Mamiya

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 4

Judith Montgomery Hightower

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 5

George W. Holifield

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 6

Michael Salvador Hurtado

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 7

Fred Bonner

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 10

Jean Rietschel

Referendum 1 -
Adult Entertainment Regulation

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Initiative 91 -
Leases to Sports Teams

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Proposition 1 -
Transportation Funding

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 6 -
Meeting Location in Emergency

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 7 -
Council Quorum Requirements

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 8 -
Council Reconfirmation of 3 Dept Heads

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 9 -
Auditor Appointer and Length of Term

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 10 -
Planning Commission Appointments

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

ChrtrAm 11 -
When Approved Ballot Issues take Effect

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
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(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 12 -
Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amendmnt

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 13 -
Ballot Measure Notification

Statement For
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(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 14 -
Clerk Compilation of Ordinances

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 15 -
Change Comptroller to Clerk

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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ChrtrAm 16 -
Obsolete References to Art. XIX Sec. 10

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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