Georgia’s Establishment Republicans Want to Waste Millions on This, Local Tea Partiers in Strong Opposition

Local Tea Partiers Oppose This Giant, Secret Waste of Tax Dollars.

The GOP establishment in Cobb County, Georgia wants to spend upwards to $600 million in local tax dollars to help the Atlanta Braves move north of downtown Atlanta. They say it will bring new development and increased economic activity to the area. Tea Partiers, however, say this is a waste of tax dollars and it isn’t the government’s job to join in capitalist projects.

The establishment GOP says their argument is simple. As detailed by the AP, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee and his supporters say that “almost $400 million in county bonds and immediate infrastructure improvements, with debt payments approaching $600 million over 30 years–will generate enough economic activity and, thus, tax revenue to justify the spending.”

Lee imagines that this huge outlay of tax money is a “home run” for his county. Local tea party leaders thoroughly disagree.

This is all “appalling hypocrisy” and “arrogance” on behalf of the county operatives, says Atlanta Tea Party Leader Debbie Dooley.

Interestingly, Dooley has joined a coalition of local left-wingers to whom she would normally be in 100% opposition. They all oppose this deal because it is fraught with secretive financial agreements and deals made in private meeting that were held outside the sunlight of public scrutiny.

Establishment Republicans in the county government are frustrated with the attacks of the tea party groups opposing their big government spending scheme.

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said, “There’s no one who’s more Republican and fiscally conservative than me.” But, “This is a no-brainer,” she claimed.

Birrell said that the secret, backroom deals had to be made or the city of Atlanta would have jumped up and offered incentives for the ball team to stay right where they are.

But tea partier Dooley says that these actions by government are simply illicit. “The government is not supposed to pick winners and losers,” she said. “This is anything but free-market.”

The secret deal calls for a $672 million stadium to be built that will open in 2017. Supposedly the tax payers would be on the hook for $300 million of that cost. The tax payers would also be forced to pay an additional $24 million to improve local infrastructure to support the increased traffic, water use, etc. The county’s annual debt payments would be a total of $537 million over 30 years.

As to the costs of upkeep and maintenance of the new stadium, Commissioner Lee claims that the taxpayers would be stuck for half those costs in perpetuity.

All this adds up to proof that Cobb County establishment Republicans are simply lying when they say all the taxpayers would have to pay is the $300 million quoted above.

Now, let’s tell the truth, here, shall we? These sports stadium deals are never, ever good for the tax payer. These wasteful deals never bring the economic improvement that supporters claim and the stadium facilities themselves cost millions and millions every single year for the constant costs of maintenance that naturally occur with such facilities.

It is always, always a bad deal for the tax payers to give sports welfare to big league sports teams of every stripe.

Georgia, if you want economic growth, stay OUT of the sports business.

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  • LiberalNightmare

    Hmm, they must be all out of monorails.

  • Commander_Chico

    Oligarchy wants you to subsidize their business ventures.

    • Retired military

      See Bruce
      Chico goes with Option A.

  • I’ve got friends who are all for this. I’m against it – very much so.

    I’ve lived in that particular area, about a half-mile from where it’s supposed to be. Putting a stadium in would bugger up traffic no end, and at parts of the day it’s already at a standstill with the main arteries built up as far as they can reasonably be built.

    $24 million to improve the infrastructure? That’ll get an extra lane at the off-ramp, but that’ll be about it.

    And much as I hate to say it, they tried a ‘development project’ sort of thing around Turner Stadium – probably spent two hundred million or more to pretty much no effect. The area Turner Stadium’s in is not quite a wasteland, but close.

    I see no long-term good result from this.

  • twolaneflash

    I’ve lived in the area of this new stadium for 50 years. It is to be located at the intersection of I-75 north of Atlanta & I-285. There is no other I-75 to I-85 interstate connection outside Atlanta, so this is a bottleneck at most of the day in all directions. About 10 miles north of this site up I-75, Kennesaw State University, the largest university in the state system, has a massive athletic complex under construction, including a stadium for their new NCAA football team. A few miles north of KSU on I-75, in Emerson, another complex is being built, which will include a new Bass Pro store. There will have to be an incredible increase in interstate and local road capacity, not to mention bus and rail facilities, to handle the traffic.

    Why do college stadiums last forever, but professional ones only a few years? Crony capitalism and government malfeasance.

    For decades, Cobb County avoided the urban problem by severely limiting public transportation connections to Atlanta. Section 8 housing has spread the problem beyond Atlanta into all surrounding counties now. This stadium will not help Cobb County residents’ quality of life.