Cobb Chairman stiff-arms Tea Party suggestions on Braves
by Jon Gillooly
November 20, 2013 12:46 AM | 6569 views | 16 16 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Moody of Marietta stands behind a lighted globe at the House of Lu Chinese Restaurant just off the Marietta Square as he listens closely to the information provided at Monday night’s tea party meeting about the Braves.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Michael Moody of Marietta stands behind a lighted globe at the House of Lu Chinese Restaurant just off the Marietta Square as he listens closely to the information provided at Monday night’s tea party meeting about the Braves.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Georgia Tea Party Chairman J.D. Van Brink gives his views on the Braves proposed move to Cobb, saying the Cobb Commissioners should delay their vote next Tuesday and divert any property tax designed to help the move.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Georgia Tea Party Chairman J.D. Van Brink gives his views on the Braves proposed move to Cobb, saying the Cobb Commissioners should delay their vote next Tuesday and divert any property tax designed to help the move.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — J.D. Van Brink, chairman of the Marietta-based Georgia Tea Party, is in for some bad news when he has lunch with county chairman Tim Lee on Thursday.

During a tea party meeting at the House of Lu on Monday, Van Brink said he planned to ask Lee for several revisions to the proposal to build a $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves when they meet Thursday.

Lee and Van Brink are regular lunch partners, meeting to discuss county issues.

“When you look at the things that are on the table, the things that the Georgia Tea Party is concerned (about) right off the bat, No. 1 is this roughly $8 million,” Van Brink told the group.

Van Brink is referring to Lee’s proposal to extend for an additional 30 years the parks bond taxes now due to expire in 2017 and 2018. Rather than lower the millage rate by .33 mills when those voter-approved parks bonds are paid off, Lee proposes keeping the millage on the books to pay for the stadium debt.

“It reminds us of the Georgia 400, right?” Van Brink said. “It’s a tax that’s only supposed to last for a certain amount of time and then all of a sudden it continues, you know? That adds to the distrust that people have in government. So we’d like to see what we can do about getting that $8 million changed.”

Another request Van Brink said he planned to make was to postpone the Nov. 26 vote.

“I can understand why you need to have negotiations like this in private and in secret, but once the deal becomes public then you do need public input and we do need to take some time to look at this,” Van Brink said.

Lee told the MDJ on Tuesday neither request would be granted.

“First of all, the .33 mills is what I need to make the deal happen financially, and I’m not postponing it; I wouldn’t gain anything by it,” Lee said. “You know the stats you put in your paper this morning, 98 percent of the people in Cobb County polled are aware of this project, so who in addition are we going to hear from? All the information is on our website.”

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David Poe
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November 23, 2013
This Tea Party is about as usless as female parts on a boar hog. Why do we can what they think? this lilly white rasist group will say no to any type of forward movement. Why don't they just come out of the closet and call themselves libertarians like they are. How do these people stay married since compromise doesnt exist in their vocabulary? The MDJ should close the reporting boook on this rasist and usless group.
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November 21, 2013
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COBB CSI
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November 21, 2013
The Tea Party already let form based code get into Mableton and now watch what happens with the crooked CID they will push form based code as well. Tim right you need to make sure you vote him out so find a real candidate that can win Tim had $550,000.00 last time save your pennies.
anonymous
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November 20, 2013
Tea Party equals "Me Party." The Tea Party has no respect for government, they have no respect for people that think differently from them, and they have no respect for trampling on the rights of others. They think it is okay to send messages to jam the phone lines of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, while giving no thought to who they are trampling on. The Tea Party is The Me Party. Well, not me, for sure.
Illegal?
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November 20, 2013
No different than SPLOSTs, Ga 400 toll, etc. this is a scam to extend a tax that has already satisfied the debt on park bonds. This stadium will have positive and negative affects on Cobb. The taxpayers have a RIGHT to be heard!

anonymous
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November 20, 2013
Way to go, Tea Party, way to go. As usual, 100% single-mindedness and not a care in the world for regular Commission business or anybody else except for yourself--shut down the government again. Complete absolute selfishness, Tea Party. The brewing fight over the new Atlanta Braves stadium shut down Cobb County commission phones on Tuesday afternoon. Busy signals are likely the rest of the week as well. They're the result of a robocall campaign by Atlanta Tea Party Patriots. The Tea Party plans a couple more rounds of robocalls before the vote.
HotinAtlanta
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November 20, 2013
I want to know just who does Lee think he is. The residents of Cobb County need to send emails demanding that this be voted on. I don't care what Lee says about it not being paid w/tax payer money - that's a bold face lie and he knows it.
Just Wait
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November 20, 2013
I will be so glad when the Tea Party become irrelevant like so many other extremist groups.
anonymous
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November 20, 2013
Why am I thinking Tim Lee is a lot more like Nancy Pelosi than he is Ronald Reagan?

Guess we are gonna have to just approve the dang corporate give away to the Braves so we can learn just what all is it...right, Tim?

Am afraid Tim Lee is nothing more than a tool for the corporatist chamber of commerce (rino/socialist)welfare whores. Shame on them all.
Flea Purdy
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November 20, 2013
I'm tired of these whining miscreants (aka Tea Party) crying about every single thing we as a community try to do. It's time for them to jump into the harbor with the tea.
Hugh Watson
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November 20, 2013
Please do what you can to get the Braves into Cobb, this is a Great place for them. I have always paid taxes and welcome that this will help make it happen.
rjsnh
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November 20, 2013
The Braves making a decision to move to Cobb County should not be predicated on Lee using my property taxes to support the deal. It is so easy for elected officials to spend other people's money. Homeowners should be outraged at what amount to legal theft by Lee and the other Commissioners. It is simply wrong for them to commit my hard earned money for such a purpose without my approval. I am no Tea Party supporter but on this we agree.
SW Gal
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November 20, 2013
Our tax dollars should NEVER by used for entertainment. J.D. made excellent points. The public was just made aware of the deal a few days ago. Why the hurry to vote the week of Thanksgiving? Could it be that Tim Lee and other commissioners (and the Chamber of Commerce & special interests they represent) hope that no citizens will be aware of the duplicity because most are on holiday with their families? If this is such a great move for the Braves, let them pay for it. They have the money. At least delay the vote so that Cobb taxpayers can provide input.
Cobb Homeowner
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November 20, 2013
I am one of MANY Cobb County homeowners who absolutely supports the Cobb County commissioners bringing the Braves to Cobb County. Cobb County leaders have a proven history of being financially responsibile in spending tax revenue. It is not the commissioner's duty to ask for your permission on each issue. The economic impact on Cobb County will far outweigh the costs - there is no question they have achieved a major victory for Cobb County.

Next election Cobb county voters as a whole will have the chance to decide if they support their leaders' decision making. I believe their positions are safe.
ray s
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November 20, 2013
Winners Braves, Local business, govt officials slapping their selves on the back establishing their legacy. Losers, tax payers, commuters,residents... Our formerly conservative cobb leaders have given in to the big city corruption. Watch the new taxes flow from here on out.
anonymous
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November 20, 2013
I have gotten robo-calls from both sides. I guess both think I am not intelligent enough to make up my own mind with getting annoying robo-calls. My mind goes like this: One vote against the "for" robo-call. One vote against the "anti" robo-call. Keep robo-calling me until my tally tells me which way to swing. Please. Leave my phone alone. I repeat and clarify, if you call me, you just made me vote against you. When you call my home, you are invading my personal space; not swinging a vote for you. You are doing quite the opposite.
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