I pity fools.
No new tax on Cobb County citizens... until they realize that the other taxes aren't bringing in the money they thought it would, because they rarely do; and that the stadium will cost more than originally estimated, because they always are. Have fun with that citizens of Cobb County.
"Listen closely, and you’ll hear someone in the Braves’ front office saying, “Yup. That’s why we’re gone.”"
Ironic, since nearly everyone involved in Cobb has no information either. From the AJC:
"Not even members of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum Authority board, which will ultimately have to approve the financing deal, know the price, or where the revenue will come from to repay the bonds
Authority board member Steven Tumlin Jr., Marietta’s mayor, said, “We’re all on pins and needles.”"
Metito - minor league parks cost far, far less. Regions Field cost $64M, BB&T Ballpark $56M. To compare them to a MLB stadium is unrealistic.
"Will GDOT (aka state funding) pay for massive improvements from the interstate to this site?"
That's going to take some time because just like you and me they found out about this yesterday, so they have no site studies, budget estimates or anything else to go on.
From the end of the article:
“Let’s put it this way, if my 6-year-old or whatever at the time was walking around by themselves down there I’d be kind of concerned, wouldn’t you?”
Yes, I would be concerned that you are leaving your 6-year old unattended anywhere at all.
"The city could have paid for renovations to both The Dome and Turner field as well public transportation access (logical initial streetcar route anyone?) to Turner field for the same amount they are throwing at the new Falcons stadium."
Neither team would take that offer. Blank said he didn't want renovations, he wanted a new stadium; the Braves don't need them. Owners want free stuff all the time but neither is turning down a new stadium and the higher revenues (and franchise values) that come with it in favor of renovations. The renovations are just BS reasons to help publicly justify the move without directly saying "we will make more money off of you." The Braves claim that part of the renovations would be replacing all the seats, but Turner Field doesn't need new seats. There's nothing wrong with them.
One can be glad that Reed didn't use tax payer money to keep the team and pissed at the team for moving to 75N/285, which is a horrible location. They're not mutually exclusive.
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