Robocalls on Braves stadium tie up Cobb County phones

Robocalls on Braves stadium tie up Cobb County phones

Posted: Updated: Nov 20, 2013 05:45 AM
COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

A series of robocalls sent from a local tea party leader has some people upset in Cobb County.

The call asked people to press 1 if they were against any tax dollars for a new Atlanta Braves stadium. After the button was pressed, the call was transferred to elected officials.

Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee said the calls jammed up the county's switchboards, creating a potential safety problem.

"Some life-threatening event may have occurred...that we can't get to now because we're being choked up," Lee said.

Rather than apologizing, Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots said the robocalls will continue until Cobb County elected officials pay attention to voter concerns.

"They refuse a referendum. They're making the decision, these five people," Dooley said. "There will be other calls that go out. This is just the beginning."

Lee says the deal will not go to a public vote.  The "Memorandum of Understanding" between Cobb County and the Braves" was released on Tuesday. It spells out details to fund a new $692 million stadium and mixed-use facility on 60 acres at Interstates 285 and 75. Cobb County would be responsible for 45 percent, which is about $300 million of the costs.

The money would come from a new fee assessed on business in the stadium district, a new car rental tax, hotel motel taxes and re-allocation of existing revenues  -- but not from Cobb County homeowners.

"The taxpayers in Cobb County will see absolutely no increase in taxes whatsoever," Lee said.

The Cobb County Board of Commissions is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday. Dooley promised that opponents of the measure will pack the meeting.

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