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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 3:29am

Cobb Commission To Take Final Vote On Braves Stadium Plan Tuesday

Cobb County Commissioners are expected to give their final sign-off Tuesday on the plan for a new Atlanta Braves stadium.

Both supporters and opponents of the deal that will move the MLB team from downtown to Atlanta to the suburbs say they intend to represent their sides at the 7 p.m. meeting.

Local business owner John Loud supports the proposal, even though it relies on hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

"Do I wish to have lower taxes? Absolutely,” Loud said. “But I'm also one to step myself away from my personal situation, and ultimately look for the benefit of the good of the whole."

Loud is part of a group of Cobb County business owners called “Cobb Home of the Braves” that is paying for ads rallying support for the deal. He says it will be an economic development boon for the county.

“It’s such a huge win, any community would be chomping for this opportunity,” Loud said.

Opponents say there's no reason to subsidize a profitable business.

“[When] you begin to set government policy as a result of the needs of private enterprise, I think you have to be very, very careful,” said James Strawn with the group Citizens for Governmental Transparency.

While polls indicate a sizeable majority of Georgia and Cobb County residents oppose spending public dollars on professional sports, Strawn expects commissioners to vote in favor of the Braves deal.

"I think we're losing the argument because you have ... a system in place in Georgia that is much more favorable toward the monied-class, if you will," he said.

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