Cobb County government officials finalized details late Tuesday afternoon for a Memorandum of Understanding between the county and the Atlanta Braves. That MOU, if approved by county commissioners next Tuesday, would make official the Braves move to Cobb County. To view the MOU in its entirety, click here.
In the meantime, movements are growing for and against the proposed relocation of the team to Cobb County.
Common Cause Georgia, a government watch dog group, has called on Cobb elected officials to hold a county-wide referendum so that voters can have the chance to approve or deny the allocation of tax dollars for a new $672 million stadium.
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said that would not be likely to happen.
"Legally, a referendum is not required," said Birrell. She pointed out that the existing .33 of the mileage rate currently being paid toward park bonds is set to expire in 2018. That tax money will be re-allocated to help pay for the stadium, said Birrell, therefore not costing home owners anything extra. She added that a referendum would take more time and money than the county is willing to commit.
"I don't want to say there's no way, but if we did that, the November city elections are already past us. So in order to do a referendum, I don't know if we could do it, with the holidays coming up, it would have to be a special election. And we don't have any elections scheduled until May of next year. It would have to be a special election, and that would cost taxpayers 300, 400 thousand dollars."
On the other side of the debate, a group of business leaders has launched a web site in favor of the Braves move. Cobb Home of the Braves was started by John Loud and other businessmen to give people a chance to easily voice their support to government officials, for the team's move to Cobb County.
"I started to get a few of the business owners together and say, I think we need to get a little bit louder now, and get a vocal campaign underway," said Loud.
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