Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency (CGT), a group of organizations representing a diverse cross section of Cobb residents, will host the first in a series of Citizens’ Town Hall meetings to give the residents of Cobb County a forum to express their concerns regarding the proposed Atlanta Braves move to Cobb County, and agreed to by the Cobb Board of Commissioners through a rushed November vote on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Braves organization. The public financing portion of the agreement is estimated to cost taxpayers over $500 million in additional taxes over 30 years.
The Citizens Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday February 18, 2014, 7 to 9:30pm at Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066.
According to spokesperson Sharon J. Hill: “The main purpose of the Town Hall meeting is provide a public forum for the people to speak and share their concerns, since the Cobb BOC has not provided this opportunity, and we have been contacted by many in the community, from all backgrounds, who feel that this whole process has been unnecessarily rushed and secretive, with a continued lack of transparency, accountability, and fiduciary responsibility.”
CGT “subject matter representatives” will be on hand to discuss some of the issues and concerns, including but not limited to: legal and ethical issues pertaining to various aspects of the deal, as well as public safety, transportation, public finance and taxation issues. Some of these issues have been further amplified by the resignations of the Public Safety Director and Parks & Recreation Board Member both citing grave concerns with the public financing of the Braves deal and the strain they allege it will have on the budget for essential county services.