Cobb County Commissioners vote tonight on a deal with the Atlanta Braves and there’s little doubt about the outcome. The deal will most likely pass. But one commissioner’s vote is still in doubt.
District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid, the newest member of the Cobb County Board whose territory is some of the roughest and most economically challenged in the entire county, appeared genuinely torn as she conducted a town hall meeting Monday night, unsure yet of how to vote on the Braves stadium deal.
On one hand, she likes the money the deal might bring to her district.
“Will we bring any bacon home for District 4 out of this deal?” she asked to a hearty round of applause from about 200 people gathered at the community center on Lions Drive in Mableton. “Yes, Cobb is affluent. It’s done well…. But those of us who live in this district haven’t seen the benefits of that affluence like we’ve seen in other parts of the county.”
On the other hand, she said she hates the way this deal has been done.
“Unfortunately, this is happening to us and we’re learning after the fact. I’m in a bind!” she declared.
At the end of the two-hour town hall meeting, Cupid still seems undecided, but perhaps leaning more toward voting her conscience than voting with the rest of the crowd and approving the stadium deal.
“I will not lose my soul for this job,” she promised her constituents, almost all seemingly behind her on whatever she decides. “I will not lose my soul.”
Cupid and the other Cobb commissioners vote Tuesday night on the $672 million public-private deal which calls for about $300 million from Cobb taxpayers. The deal will be accompanied by a $400 million entertainment complex, solely funded by the Braves and their parent organization, Liberty Media. The deal was made public on Nov. 11th. From start to finish, most commissioners and everyone else will have had approximately two weeks to digest and decide on the matter. The project is slated for completion in April, 2017.