Cobb County official says holding vote on $300m Braves stadium subsidy would be too expensive

Common Cause Georgia, which led the opposition to the Atlanta Falcons stadium deal, has called on Cobb County to hold a public referendum on whether to spend $300 million of tax money on a $672 million Braves stadium, something that otherwise will ostensibly be approved with only a single county commission vote next Tuesday. And the county’s response is … really, I can’t put it any better than Deadspin:

A Cobb County commissioner on why residents won’t get to vote on putting $300 million toward the Braves’ stadium:It would have to be a special election, and that would cost taxpayers 300, 400 thousand dollars.” [CBS Atlanta]

In other news, the county’s proposed memorandum of understanding with the Braves was issued yesterday, giving the public a whole seven days to comment publicly on it. (And by “comment publicly” I mean of course “take to Twitter,” because it’s not like the commission has any public hearings scheduled before the vote.) You can download the PDF of the MOU here; it’s long and tedious, as MOUs are, but give me a couple hours and I’ll try to post my thoughts then.


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