Cobb County redirected funds for public parks to build Braves stadium
Cobb County is trying to push through a tax increase to help fund a public parks project, in part because funds earmarked for the project are being used to build the Atlanta Braves new stadium, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The $40 million project to purchase 8,000 acres of park land was approved by 65% of voters in 2008. However, county officials say that there is only $20 million available for the project.
This announcement has drawn questions from the public at Cobb County Board of Commissioners meetings, as the county was able to fully fund the $400 million to move the Braves to their new home.
Commission Chairman Tim Lee has organized a citizens committee to recommend available park land.
The Braves are scheduled to move to Cobb County in early 2017 after calling Turner Field in Atlanta home since 1997.