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Citizen groups join forces to delay Cobb Braves vote

10:34 PM, Nov 24, 2013   |    comments
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Cobb County, GA--  11Alive News has obtained the letter that will be delivered to Cobb County commissioners Monday asking for a delay in their vote on the move of the Atlanta Braves.

According to Richard Pellegrino, The Cobb Citizens for Government Transparency lists at least 12 other groups that have now joined in formally asking for another 60 days, at least, before the commission goes ahead with the estimated $650 million dollar deal.

"I've never seen such diverse interests join forces on something, which tells you how much we need some time to take a closer look at this proposed move," said Pellegrino.

The Braves are looking to move their organization just outside the perimeter and build a new stadium on a 60 acre tract of land near Cumberland Mall.

The Cobb County SCLC, Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and the Cobb Immigrant Alliance are among those who think the deal is moving too fast.

"The memorandum of understanding is 20 pages long.  Our attorneys and accountants say there's a lot here that needs to be examined. The bonds for instance have Cobb County taxpayers on the hook according to their preliminary investigation which we're being told is not the case," said Pellegrino.

Once the letter is delivered, those who signed it also plan to attend three remaining town hall meetings before the Cobb County Commission meets Tuesday at 7pm.

County Commission Chairman, Tim Lee, told 11Alive News previously that he saw no reason to delay the vote on the Braves.


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