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Ga. Supreme Court to hear Braves stadium case
Ga. Supreme Court to hear Braves stadium case

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear an appeal Tuesday from three Cobb County residents who oppose funding plans for the new Braves stadium.

T. Tucker Hobgood, Richard Pellegrino and Larry Savage said the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority should have worked to get taxpayer approval before issuing up to $397 million in bonds to pay the public share of the stadium construction.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge validated the bonds after a July 2014 bench trial. Hobgood, Savage and Pellegrino then appealed to the state's high court.

The three argued the agreement in which the authority issues the bonds and Cobb County pays for them violates the Georgia Constitution. They said the stadium project is an improper use of public tax money for a private facility, and the Braves reap all the benefits of the agreement.

Attorneys for Cobb County and the authority said the bonds "are secured by a pledge of payments under a valid intergovernmental clause," according to court documents.