Tea party group to mobilize against Braves stadium

by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press


A sign warning of petroleum lines underground is posted in the area where a new stadium will be built for the Atlanta Braves baseball team, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Atlanta. The Braves announced Monday they are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 15 kilometers from downtown in 2017. Atlanta's mayor said the city wasn't willing to match an offer from suburban Cobb County worth $450 million in taxpayer funding. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Tea Party is gearing up to oppose the new Atlanta Braves stadium being planned in Cobb County.

The statewide group's co-chair Debbie Dooley told The Associated Press on Monday that the group believes the $672 million project is a bad deal for taxpayers. The group will be reaching out to county voters through emails and automated calls detailing their opposition and urging them to contact the county commission ahead of a key vote Nov. 26.

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee has called the project a good deal, with the Braves assuming 55 percent of costs. The public portion would come from reallocating existing taxes and new taxes on business and tourism.

Dooley says the "devil is in the details" and expects local taxpayers will end up bearing significant costs.

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