BOC Yes Vote On Braves
(Cobb County, Ga.) - The Cobb County Board of Commissioners has voted 4-1 in favor of the Braves moving to the suburbs. The no vote was from Commissioner Lisa Cupid who said she received numerous threats. But she said she would not be bullied as she cast her no vote. Before the vote, the floor was opened up to 20 members of the public, with the majority backing the Braves move to Cobb County.
The 30-year agreement calls for a mix of reallocating existing property tax revenue and implementing new taxes on business and tourism in the area.
Commissioners have been holding town hall meetings to gather feedback on the proposal. A group called Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency called on the commission to postpone its vote for 60 days to give residents a chance to learn more.
The AJC reports, that shortly after the vote, some Fulton County leaders sent out a statement saying:
“Ever since our county received the disappointing news that the Atlanta Braves plan to move out of Fulton County at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Fulton County Commissioners and Atlanta City Council members have expressed a desire to keep the team here in Atlanta.
“Tonight’s vote by commissioners in Cobb County agreeing to move ahead with efforts to bring the team there are certainly a disappointment , but political and economic leaders in Fulton County still believe the Braves could and should have a viable future in Atlanta. We understand the team’s concerns about economic development in the area surrounding Turner Field.
“We believe there are still solutions civic and business leaders could pursue in conjunction with the ball club to keep the team as a thriving part of our community. We hope to have a dialogue with the team to make that case. The Atlanta Braves are a proud symbol of a great city and we still hope to keep them in Atlanta”