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Hay held a hand written sign above her head that read "No taxation without representation" before addressing commissioners and likening the rushed vote to the haste in which the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, was passed by Congress.
Ben Mathis, incoming chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, says the economic impact will be seen for years to come.
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"It gives us progressive things but not only for presently now but for the future," said Don Wilson of Marietta, District 11 chairman for Democratic Party of Georgia.
"A foundation has been laid for future success . the Braves want to move here to validate those efforts," said Mathis, who lives in Marietta and is managing partner at a law firm inside the Cumberland Community Improvement District. The self taxing district has pledged $10 million to support the deal.
Common Cause asked Cobb to not only delay the vote but to hold a public referendum on the use of public money to fund the stadium.
The vote was 4 1 to support a memorandum of understanding between the county and the Braves for the $672 million stadium set to open in 2017 at the intersections of Interstates 75 and 285. Commissioner Lisa Cupid, who represents south Cobb, cast the lone dissenting vote.
Of the 23 residents who spoke during a public comment period before Tuesday's vote, about nine were either against the stadium deal or wanted the vote to be postponed. Thirteen spoke in favor of the deal and one was neither for nor against.
"You say there's Nike Air Max 95 Green Black all these benefits but they're projected, and we don't know we're going to get all of these benefits from it, but we do know we're going to be paying for it," Hay said.
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Supporters say the venue will attract new residents, businesses and visitors to the county.
It was just two weeks after the Braves announced their intention to move to Cobb that the commission took a vote. Some residents think that was too fast and didn't allow time for input.
Some opponents had criticized the deal and said it would divert money away from schools and law enforcement, but that's just not the case, said Arthur Vaughn, of Marietta, who serves on the Marietta Ethics Committee.
Even more importantly, the stadium supporters said it will be an economic engine that will pump needed cash into the county's and schools system's coffers.
"This deal is happening too fast. It's been two weeks, and we spent two years discussing whether or not we could have chickens in the back yards," Hay said, receiving applause referring to heated conversations the county had about whether or not Cobb is an appropriate place for farm animals.
It's been hard enough for the public to understand the deal that will bring the Braves to Cobb, said Terry Taylor of Common Cause Georgia, and it is doubtful commissioners had time to fully understand the ramifications.
By Nikki WileyMARIETTA Supporters drowned out the critics on Tuesday night urging the Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve spending $300 million of public money to construct a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves.
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officials have not made public comments since the initial announcement and did not attend town hall meetings in Cobb.
Patricia Hay, of Mableton, urged commissioners to delay a vote for at least 60 days.
"The Braves coming to town could increase the amount of property tax and sales tax revenue and could be used for operating expenditures," Vaughn said.
of the Braves" signs and began arriving more than two hours before the meeting began.
The county budget and the budget of the Cobb County School System are separate and residents are taxed separately by both entities.
"As much as we love our corporate headquarters they don't attract millions of people to come to visit, they don't attract young people to want to live here," Mathis said.
Mathis says Cumberland needs more destination attractions.
And that's exactly what they did.
Oleg Ivutin, of east Cobb, also asked for the vote to be delayed.
"Even if it is a good investment, I still don't think it is the role of government to get involved with something like this," Ivutin said.
President of Business Operations Mike Plant and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Derek Schiller sat on the first row of the meeting listening to public comments and waiting on the commissioners' vote.
Cobb business leaders packed the room, including Malaika Rivers, director of the Cumberland CID and Mason Zimmerman who serves on the Cumberland CID board and chairs the Town Center Area CID.
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