Lee, MDJ not building confidence in Braves deal
December 18, 2013 12:00 AM | 943 views | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITORS:

It is very interesting in Friday’s “Around the Town” column, the MDJ editorial team called our attention to some very disturbing trends in the way developers and businesses curry tax-break favors from our County officials. Referring to the John Williams’ Riverwalk project, it was stated that if “the Authority and (Cobb Commission Chairman Tim) Lee want to build public confidence in the process by which they spend tax dollars to encourage local development, they’re going about it “bass ackwards.”

However, when it comes to an investment of over $500 million of taxpayer funds in the Braves stadium proposal, which includes the initial $300 million plus interest, the MDJ denies the efforts by citizens to demand transparency, accountability and a reasonable waiting period to properly vet a proposal. Is it because some businesses who are the most outspoken in favor of moving ahead without delay will reap profits from taxpayer investments, regardless of whether the county’s revenue predictions pan out? Or is it because they like the “Cobb Way,” which apparently involves back-room deals by the big-money few and hasty votes by the Board of Commissioners without adequate citizen involvement?

Any reasonable person would have requested and supported a delay in voting for the MOU and would favor a delay now before signing any more contracts with the Braves. It takes time and prudent deliberation to properly conduct responsible due diligence on the proposal — unless you are a business owner or an elected official working on behalf of the Braves organization rather than for the county and the people.

So I will borrow and slightly modify the columnists’ statement and apply it to the Braves proposal: “If the MDJ, Braves, BOC and Lee want to build public confidence in the process by which they spend tax dollars to encourage local development, they’re going about it “bass ackwards.”

Rich Pellegrino

Mableton
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Bob Johnson
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December 19, 2013
Rich, I noticed you did not say "provide jobs and a living wage for all U.S.Citizens in Cobb".
Bob Johnson
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December 18, 2013
Rich, you should be very happy with the Braves deal and all of the development in Cobb. Just think how many of your "illegal aliens" it will put to work and get off of the street corner.
ohrichierichie
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December 18, 2013
Al...I mean, Jesse...I mean, Richie. Ditto what Bob Johnson says. You're just stalling to see what's going to be in it for all the illegals who you adore so much. The ones who are sucking the resources out of our Cobb County schools. The ones who get all the perks and freebies. The ones who now are demanding in state tuition for college. You and Lib in Cobb and Kevin Fooley are evil to the core because you don't see the destruction they are doing. Let them come to our country, but make them do it the legal way. Like all the immigrants before them. Have you read the news this past week? How many drug related crimes there were. Child molestation. Fatal wrecks. I read every one of those articles and just scan to the end to see that there is always an 'immigration hold' on them. I am never surprised. I am always disgusted.
Rich Pellegrino
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December 18, 2013
Ha, Bob...I will be much happier if the deal, if it ever goes through with less or more realistic taxpayer participation, provides jobs with a living wage for all eligible Cobb residents.
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