From the Braves’ standpoint, moving to Cobb is a logical decision. Their fan base is centered in the Northern Arc. The fans don’t want to deal with Atlanta traffic. Therefore they don’t go to as many games. Can’t get your customers to come to your business? Take your business to them (with the taxpayers footing a lot of the bill.) I think that qualifies as a “no brainer.”
What will be far less logical will be the explanations your county leadership is going to give you as to why you should pay for it. Make no mistake, if it passes, you’ll be footing the bill.
You will hear it will revitalize the area. Just like Turner Field did? You will hear about increased sales tax revenue. That means the sales taxes you pay, because remember, they are moving here to be closer to you. But in the end, one of the reddest areas of a red state will probably dish up a huge serving of corporate welfare for a business to relocate 14 miles up I-75.
Meanwhile, our infrastructure will continue to crumble, our senior centers will continue to reduce services, our libraries will shorten hours, we’ll lop another day off the school year, and cram another kid into a classroom that has mold.
But on the bright side, the Braves will be close by. What a great deal!
Brad Beebe Marietta