Robocalls on Braves stadium tie up Cobb County phones - New York News

Robocalls on Braves stadium tie up Cobb County phones

Posted: Updated: Nov 20, 2013 05:45 AM
COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

A series of robocalls sent from a local tea party leader has some people upset in Cobb County.

The call asked people to press 1 if they were against any tax dollars for a new Atlanta Braves stadium. After the button was pressed, the call was transferred to elected officials.

Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee said the calls jammed up the county's switchboards, creating a potential safety problem.

"Some life-threatening event may have occurred...that we can't get to now because we're being choked up," Lee said.

Rather than apologizing, Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots said the robocalls will continue until Cobb County elected officials pay attention to voter concerns.

"They refuse a referendum. They're making the decision, these five people," Dooley said. "There will be other calls that go out. This is just the beginning."

Lee says the deal will not go to a public vote.  The "Memorandum of Understanding" between Cobb County and the Braves" was released on Tuesday. It spells out details to fund a new $692 million stadium and mixed-use facility on 60 acres at Interstates 285 and 75. Cobb County would be responsible for 45 percent, which is about $300 million of the costs.

The money would come from a new fee assessed on business in the stadium district, a new car rental tax, hotel motel taxes and re-allocation of existing revenues  -- but not from Cobb County homeowners.

"The taxpayers in Cobb County will see absolutely no increase in taxes whatsoever," Lee said.

The Cobb County Board of Commissions is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday. Dooley promised that opponents of the measure will pack the meeting.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:59:51 GMT
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
  • Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:19:20 GMT
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
  • Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:57:17 GMT
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices