Judge hears arguments for, against Braves stadium bond - CBS46 News

Judge hears arguments for, against Braves stadium bond validation

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

A Cobb County judge heard arguments Monday afternoon by people for and against the proposed financing plan for a new Braves stadium. The ballpark would cost $672 million, with Cobb County paying for $300 million of that cost.

"Our whole effort is to really confront our board of commissioners, because they are the ones who have failed us," said Dr. Ben Williams, a member of the Citizens for Governmental Transparency.

Williams, along with 11 other residents, filed legal motions in opposition to the request for bond validation. The public financing for the stadium is reliant upon a judge validating the bonds, issued by the Cobb Coliseum Authority, to the county. The bonds total $397 million, though the county has said they don't expect to use all of that money.

"I don't think anyone here is opposed to the Braves coming to Cobb County," said Gary Pelphrey, also filing in opposition the bonds. "What we want is for them to come as is an invited friend, and not someone we're leaving the back door open for."

Members of the opposition group have said their main problem with the deal is that it was not made public until just days before it went up for a vote, denying the public a chance for legitimate input.

Cobb County leaders have said they believe the deal is solid, and will be approved by a judge.

CBS46 will have information on the judge's ruling as it becomes available.

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