Mon., December 6, 2010 2:13pm (EST)

State Bonds For Atlanta Hall Of Fame Anger Some
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon (photo Josephine Bennett)
Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon (photo Josephine Bennett)
Some people in Macon are crying foul over the state’s plan to issue 10-million dollars in bonds to help fund the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The Atlanta announcement comes as the City of Macon is fighting to save its own Halls of Fame.

Macon is locked in a fight to keep the Georgia Sports and Music Halls of Fame in the city. The official state museums could leave as the state slowly cuts off funding and other cities bid to have them moved.

Charles Richardson is the Editorial Page Editor for the Telegraph newspaper. He says it’s hypocritical for the state to issue the bonds to a private organization to help one part of the state while walking away from another.

“The state built these facilities and it was to spur economic development around our museum district, and now they’re basically treating them as illegitimate children.”

Richardson says if the College Football Hall of Fame cannot pay the money back the state and taxpayers could be on the hook for 10-million dollars.