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.
Cobb County commissioners took a big step toward building a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves. The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the entry into a memorandum of understanding with the baseball team at their meeting Tuesday evening. The deal calls for hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to help pay for the stadium and entertainment complex. The 30-year agreement calls for a mix of reallocating existing property tax revenue and implementing new taxes on business and tourism in the area.
People in Cobb County got their chance Monday to weigh in on the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in their backyards. Meanwhile, watchdogs and taxpayer groups are mobilizing to slow the process of approving public money for the project. Three Cobb County commissioners had separate town halls to gather public input ahead of a vote scheduled Tuesday evening. But one watchdog group is pushing for more: a public referendum.