After a raucous scene at Tuesday night’s Cobb County Commission meeting, the ink is drying on contracts that will bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County. County Commissioners gave their final approval to the plan Tuesday night that will spend almost $400 million in taxpayer money on the new suburban stadium project. They say the Braves will pay some of that money back in the form of rent. A dozen supporters of the stadium move were able to speak at the evening meeting. Opponents who wanted to speak against the plan to use public dollars for the project did not have a chance.
The Cobb County Commission’s vote Tuesday to OK public funds for a new Atlanta Braves ballpark will mean higher taxes for businesses around the area where the stadium will be built. Longtime resistance to higher taxes in the county and in Georgia could mean public opposition to the project won’t end anytime soon.