Tea party plans lawsuit challenging Braves deal with Cobb County - New York News

Tea party plans lawsuit challenging Braves deal with Cobb County

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

The Atlanta Tea Party is planning to file a lawsuit challenging the Braves stadium deal with Cobb County.

Debbie Dooley, founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, said that her group is challenging the county's use of public money to help build and maintain the new $672 million. The stadium, along with an adjacent $400 million mixed-use development, is scheduled to be constructed near I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County in time for the 2017 season. Under the terms of the agreement, the county is responsible for about 45 percent -- $300 million -- of the stadium costs.

"They could have avoided all of this by doing it the right way," Dooley said. "They chose not to. They thought that they would catch everyone sleeping."

A Cobb County spokesman told FOX 5 that there will not be a comment until a lawsuit is filed.

Dooley said a legal complaint -- with Cobb taxpayers named as plaintiffs -- could be filed in the next 10 to 14 days. She argues that, with the stadium deal, the county has opened the door for more government-to-business incentives.

FOX 5 reported on Tuesday that The Weather Channel has requested tax breaks for expansion of its headquarters in Cobb County.

"I don't blame them for wanting their fair share of the pie," Dooley said. "I don't blame them at all. A Pandora's Box has been opened."

Cobb County officials have said the county's investment in the Braves stadium will lead to more development and jobs and increased tax revenue for the county.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Bronx supermarket fire

    Bronx supermarket fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:19:31 GMT
    Authorities say a child and two firefighters have been injured in an overnight fire that spread through a Bronx supermarket.
    Authorities say a child and two firefighters have been injured in an overnight fire that spread through a Bronx supermarket.
  • Dog found inside abandoned LI house

    Dog found inside abandoned LI house

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:09:55 GMT
    Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.
    Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.
  • Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:54:31 GMT
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
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