No ‘corporate welfare’ for Braves
November 20, 2013 12:00 AM | 1042 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I am opposed to the Cobb Commission’s plan to sneak the Braves into Cobb at the taxpayers’ expense.

The city of Atlanta has “enjoyed” the benefits of hosting the Braves for years and yet for some reason they don’t feel that it is worth paying another $200 million for renovations to Turner Field to keep the Braves in Atlanta. Maybe because the economic benefits do not add up.

I have no doubt that 10 years from now the multi-millionaire owners of the Braves will be blackmailing Cobb taxpayers for a new or upgraded stadium. Stop this corporate welfare now.

Don Foster

Marietta
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AmericanMale
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November 21, 2013
Perhaps the agreement should stipulate a penalty payment to offset an early cancellation should the Braves decide the grass is greener in Paulding or Gwinnett?

The problem in Atlanta is that they largely don't have an economic clue to any of it. They only want "their fair share". The City of Atlanta forbid running a MARTA line straight to (then) Fulton County Stadium because they wanted parking revenues from the vacant lots surrounding it... THAT's shortsighted!

Cobb officials should protect citizens with an agreement that doesn't "give away the store". Safeguards MUST be put in place!!!!

They COULD reduce some of the cost by removing the "arterial transit" line boondoggle up US-41, trying to sneak light rail back into the picture.
AmericanMale
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November 22, 2013
I stand corrected on the transit thing: funding would not be part of the present plan and it is contingent on a source being found.

So, then why connect a non-impactful transit line to the deal?
on balance
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November 21, 2013
I believe that corporations have a civic responsibility to the communities where they employ their workers and make their money. The city of Atlanta needs the Braves to stay in thei city to continue to help the growth of theat city. The death of Atlanta will have far reaching effects. Just look at Detroit.

Keep the Braves in Atlanta.
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