Cobb businessmen launch website seeking support for Braves move
by Jon Gillooly
November 18, 2013 11:21 PM | 11655 views | 26 26 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jay Cunningham, owner of Superior Plumbing, emphasizes a point at a promotional event Monday afternoon at the site of the proposed Atlanta Braves stadium in Cumberland. At right, John Loud, president of Loud Security, listens. Both men are spearheading an effort to encourage support of the Major League Baseball team’s move to Cobb County.
Jay Cunningham, owner of Superior Plumbing, emphasizes a point at a promotional event Monday afternoon at the site of the proposed Atlanta Braves stadium in Cumberland. At right, John Loud, president of Loud Security, listens. Both men are spearheading an effort to encourage support of the Major League Baseball team’s move to Cobb County.
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CUMBERLAND — A group of Cobb County business owners have launched an ad campaign that encourages residents to support the proposed $672 million Cobb Atlanta Braves stadium.

Jay Cunningham, owner of Superior Plumbing, and John Loud, president of Loud Security Systems, both based in Kennesaw, visited the 60-acre wooded site of the proposed stadium, located near the Cumberland Mall, on Monday to film a commercial that will begin airing on Comcast on Wednesday.

They are part of a group of seven who launched a website, CobbHomeoftheBraves.com, on Monday to encourage residents to urge commissioners to vote yes for the proposal on Nov. 26.

Cunningham said he and Loud have volunteered together on previous civic-minded campaigns, such as promoting special purpose local option sales tax referenda.

“We’re trying to get Cobb to come together and realize that the stadium is a perfect and maybe the best idea ever for Cobb that we have,” Cunningham said. “It brings Atlanta to Cobb. It puts us on show, essentially, forever. We can show the rest of Georgia and maybe even further who we are and how good Cobb is.”

The website is offering a drawing to win a pair 2017 season tickets for Cobb residents who send a message of support to commissioners.

“Jay and I are willing to put all of our resources behind it between now and next Monday to try to get the citizens to let the commissioners know that this is what we want,” Loud said.

Having a unanimous, 5-0 vote by the Board of Commissioners approving the deal, Loud believes, is important because it sends a signal that Cobb is united.

“I think for anybody else that’s outside the area now that’s looking at moving into Georgia who says ‘Where do I think I want to go to?’ When they look at Cobb and see they supported and united around such a strong program where the Braves are saying we’re going to take care of all the cost overruns — where there’s a limiting factor in no new taxes — this is such a wonderful opportunity for Cobb to have,” Loud said.

The county’s 45 percent portion of the stadium proposal includes funding from basically four sources: a $3 per room, per night fee on hotel stays, a new tax on owners of commercial property and apartments within the Cumberland CID, a new tax on rental cars, and a reallocation of property tax revenue starting in 2017 that continues an existing bond payment for 30 years.

Loud said a new stadium and the mixed-use development proposed to go with it would generate dollars for the school system.

“These 60 acres have produced zero SPLOST money for parks and recreation, have produced zero money for education, and when you look at the economic impact between jobs, construction work, the ongoing jobs from restaurants where people will live and play and the active community that is about to develop here, it’s a tremendous opportunity,” he said.

Both men emphasized that they were promoting the stadium to help the community, not to personally benefit from it.

“At the end of the day, this complex doesn’t increase plumbing per se or security per se, so I hope that people will see we’re stepping outside of what’s about security,” Loud said. “It’s about what’s good for economic development, what’s good for the Cobb citizens as a whole.”

Opposition to the stadium deal is also forming.

Attorney Loren Collins of Brookhaven started a petition opposing the deal last week at 300millionreasons.com.

“The petition is specifically to oppose public funding for stadiums,” Collins said. “As a fiscal conservative, I just consider that to be a subsidy to private interests and essentially corporate welfare.”
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BigmonkeyG
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November 23, 2013
"a reallocation of property tax revenue starting in 2017 that continues an existing bond payment for 30 years."

Somebody want to explain.
anonymous
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November 21, 2013
The only thing Loud and Superior spoke to me about is to not use them, ev'a. When a company has this much of an advertising budget, someone is paying for it. Who ME? NOT.
Pro Middle Class
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November 19, 2013
For a County that votes Republican, and didn’t like the Dem’s stimulus packages, seems like they sure are willing to use my money to create another one. Corporate welfare is welfare.

Its also a joke that people gladly pay $40 bucks a month for a security system, but complain about paying $20 bucks a month for all of the emergency services that company’s going to call when you have a problem. None of us can afford a plumber.

For those of you who are not aware the school system receives less money due to tax changes for those 65 an older. That is why they are having budget issues. Now older couples are moving to Cobb and guess what? They use more of the emergency services because they don’t know anyone here. Schools suffer and so do the emergency services. That law should have been written so you had to be 65 and a resident of Cobb for 30 years.



As far as the chicken comments goes, I didn’t ask the taxpayers to build my coop. It’s also interesting that you don’t mind affecting my property values with your stadium but I can’t affect yours with my chickens. I think the appropriate word is hypocrite.

@ Pro Middle Class
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November 20, 2013
The senior school tax exemption is for those 62 or older and is applicable to their "homestead" (typically their primary residence. No age or income qualifier like some other GA counties, yet it's unlikely to ever change.
old timer
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November 19, 2013
And please tell the West Cobb Tea Party people not to call till they have their facts correct...
Funny men
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November 19, 2013
Let's guess who is vying for the plumbing and security contract for the new stadium?
Lib in Cobb
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November 19, 2013
So now the plumbers and security alarm folks are lining up for a piece of the action. This is becoming a perfect storm
Mike In Smyrna
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November 19, 2013
The $3 per room, per night fee on hotel stays - Does that include extended stay hotels? If someone is living in an extended hotel - their rates will increase $90 a month. So much for the extended stay population.
Diamond Jim
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November 19, 2013
Do these guys even live in Cobb County? If so, I'm pretty sure neither lives anywhere near where the congestion will occur if that stadium is built. Quite likely they are well-heeled enough that they don't care about the taxes like those of us who live more modestly do, either, but their protests that they have nothing to gain personally don't pass the smell test. "The stadium will bring Atlanta to Cobb"? Well, I worked in Atlanta for years but chose to live out here and frankly I'd just as soon they keep Atlanta in Atlanta!
west Cobb fan
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November 19, 2013
I'm inclined to be supportive of this move and the building of the stadium but I'd like a little more detail first. What is the tax map number of the 60 acres and who owns/owned it? What is the sale history? I'd like to know if any transactions have occurred in the last few years and exactly who benefited from those.

HotinAtlanta
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November 19, 2013
Yeah, they're all for it cause they don't have to live near it or drive in the increased traffic it will cause. They also won't have to put up with the additional crime this will bring. If they want it so bad, why don't they pay for it and put it in their neighborhood.
Just Sayin'....
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November 19, 2013
Does John Loud show up for every opportunity to raise taxes in Cobb County??? SPLOST and now this. Gee....I was for the Braves package until I saw this.
jill burkhead
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November 19, 2013
Yes.. the rich will become richer.. What about the residents that live here. Cobb county is a great place to live with fantastic restaurants, beautiful apartments, shopping and parks. We don't need a new stadium out here which will make commuting an even worse nightmare. Shame on all that went behind the people in this very sneaky deal. VOTE NO>>>>
mentalmidgetstrikes
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November 19, 2013
'Shame on all that went behind the people in this very sneaky deal?' Why do you think you're so important that they had to check with you ahead of time. You're probably one of those idiots who think our military should keep us all informed ahead of time as to what we're about to do.

City of Atlanta has had 50 years to try and make it a pleasant experience to attend a Braves baseball game. Not a stressful trip to a filthy, crime-ridden area and constant dread that you could be robbed or murdered. No MARTA to Fulton County Stadium OR The Ted. Blame the mayor for keeping things so quiet.

The 'rich will become richer?!' What an ignorant statement. Spoken like a true liberal. This is a win/win for Cobb County and the Braves. Do you honestly think Cobb County is going to let crime seep into that area? Get a clue.
AmericanMale
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November 19, 2013
The deal's not done! THIS IS your time to speak out as you wish!
infieldcry
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November 20, 2013
"Why do you think you're so important that they had to check with you ahead of time."

Probably because they're a taxpayer, and a citizen? Just a guess.
infieldcry
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November 20, 2013
"Why do you think you're so important that they had to check with you ahead of time."

Probably because they're a taxpayer, and a citizen? Just a guess.
mental midget
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November 22, 2013
you are a stupid person
The Bobsy Twins
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November 19, 2013
Well, looky here; it is the "tax Cobb residents" dynamic duo. Doin' what they do; tryin' to talk Cobb into taxin' themselves even more.
Make it Work
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November 19, 2013
The Braves will profit but the county will too! It’s not going to be perfect but ladies and gentlemen, it is going to very good! There will be some investment, some changes, some congestion from time to time, and by the way that traffic congestion represents people coming into the county and spending money! But knowing some of these naysayers who are speaking out, you could offer them a gold brick and they would complain if it required them going to pick it up. Commission, do not let whiners use up your energy. “Think of ways to make it work instead of reasons why it won’t!”
anonymous
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November 19, 2013
Say wa? "At the end of the day, this complex doesn’t increase plumbing per se or security per se." And what rock do you think I live under? I am for you, but this comment is surely meant for people that live under a rock. You will be all over this. All over it with your advertising. All over it. And people that are stupid enough to pay for your advertising are, well, stupid.
anonymous
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November 19, 2013
I am all for the stadium, however, this gives me an opportunity to say how I really feel about these companies. Superior Plumbing was all over advertising at the Cobb County Fair. I remember thinking that if this company has all this money to spend at a fair, I will not use them because I want to pay a plumber for what he does-not for his political aspirations. Same as Loud Security. A certain air conditioning company that I have used sends me elaborate newsletters and mailings. Not what I want to pay for.
@ anonymous
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November 19, 2013
These guys are successful because they give back to the community; their time, their efforts and leadership.

Superior Plumbing has done a remarkable job creating the equivalent of an apprentice program at a Cobb High School.

Keep up the great work Jay and John!

Superior Supporter
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November 19, 2013
Most of you do not realize what Jay and Superior Plumbing does for the Cobb community. Ask any principal at North Cobb HS, Harrison HS, Kennesaw Mtn HS, Campbell, South Cobb, Osborne, Hillgrove, Kell, Sprayberry, etc. what Superior means to them. It is not about politics. Furthermore, Superior bought every special needs student at North Cobb an IPad; this was not for advertisement or to win an election. It was a local man that lives in the county with a very successful plumbing company that simply gives back. I support Jay because he supports our community. He has been blessed and he blesses others through his actions. Get the facts and become educated before you type.
anonymous
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November 20, 2013
And Jay and John will profit greatly from this appren's. I don't see Jay and John doing anything except for what brings them moola, mo' moola, and even mo' moola.
Son of Superior
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November 24, 2013
First of all if you are going to bash these two Cobb residents you WILL get your facts strait. This has nothing to do with financial gain and profit for these men. These altruistic men have given so much to the community and the metro area. Secondly, there is no extravagant living with them. They both live very modest lives and do all they can for the community.

If you think you can do a better job at providing such a tremendous service for the good of the community, REPLY and speak your mind. This is america after all and we should have nothing to fear
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