Will The New Stadium For The Atlanta Braves Mean A Problem For Cobb County Taxpayers?

November 12, 2013 5:45pm (EST) By Claire Simms ATLANTA  —  Atlanta Mayor Kasim…

Georgia (Nov 13, 2013) — By Claire Simms


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November 12, 2013 5:45pm (EST)
ATLANTA  —  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed speaks to the media one day after the Braves announced the team would move from Turner Field to a new $672 million facility in Cobb County. (Photo by Claire Simms)The Braves are just three seasons and $672 million away from a brand new home in Cobb County. A portion of that money, however, is expected to come not from the team, but from Cobb taxpayers. That could prove problematic.

“Well people in Cobb County are excited to have the Braves, but at the same time, it’s a conservative county politically and it’s a place where new taxes and tax hikes have been pretty darn unpopular over the years,” explained Kerwin Swint, the interim chair of the political science department at Kennesaw State University.

Funding a multi-million dollar stadium project is a predicament with which Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is intimately familiar. He recently spent months working on a deal to finance and build a new stadium for the Falcons, while quietly trying to keep the Braves at Turner Field.  … … 


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