Critics of the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium deal are calling for a public referendum before the Atlanta City Council votes on it.
"This is amazing," State Sen. Vincent Fort (D) said about the deal. "It's like getting your pocket picked at 800 miles an hour."
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Fort joined the group Common Cause Georgia outside Atlanta City Hall Monday. They said city and state officials are being disingenuous when they claim the stadium will only cost $200 million in public financing.
Said Common Cause executive director William Perry, "We want to push the City Council to give people a seat the table."
Mayor Kasim Reed announced the agreement between the city and the Falcons last week. At this point, the City Council must simply vote to approve the agreement to make it a reality. Ten members of the Council attended Reed's announcement.