Terry Taylor, a Common Cause board member who lives in Cobb, requested the plan during a December commission meeting. He called the finished document a “positive step,” but he said the depth and accuracy of information about economic impacts, jobs created, expenses and revenues will determine if the plan succeeds at keeping the public well-informed.
“This is a good framework,” Taylor said. “The next step will be making it real by having details behind the numbers. We’ll be looking for that level of detail … (so) that a reasonable person will know where (the numbers are) coming from.”
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee said the county’s goal will be to “over-communicate.”
“This is a plan so everyone can know what to expect,” Lee said.
In a separate development Friday, the county announced that a public hearing — related to new taxes and fees that will be imposed to help pay for the county’s $300 million share of the stadium — will not be rescheduled after it was postponed because of Tuesday’s snowstorm.
Two other public hearings are scheduled Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, when the commission will take public comment on a new rental car tax; a new per night, per room hotel fee; and a new tax on businesses and apartment complexes in the Cumberland Community Improvement District.