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Residents question new Braves stadium funding

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

Resident want answers about Cobb County's plans to help build a new Braves stadium near Interstate 75 and Interstate 285. The group called for a response to citizen concerns before the project moves forward.

They call themselves Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency. The group argues that Cobb County officials have not provided enough information about their plans for a $300 million public contribution to a new Atlanta Braves stadium. The citizens group had sent a letter to the county asking for details about financing and other plans to build the stadium.

"Many of the stadium projects elsewhere have not lived up to their promise, guess that is left holding the bag, the taxpayer. We are worried that the Cobb County taxpayers could be left holding the bag. Not getting a lot of new revenue," says Ben Williams, SCLC.

They also call for hearings and town hall meetings to let the citizens decide what is best.

Cobb officials maintain that the new stadium will bring more development and jobs as well as broader tax revenue for the county, but says the letter will be reviewed.

"We will look at the letter and see what the concerns are. And we will be glad to address those," said Cobb County spokesperson Robert Quigley.

Legal challenges over the financing of the Braves stadium are expected to slow down the process.

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