Hobgood said the state Constitution allows for Intergovernmental agreements only for “joint services … or for the joint or separate use of facilities or equipment.”
“Among other things, the intergovernmental contract in this case is not intended as something for joint services by the county and authority in any meaningful way,” Hobgood said in an email to the newspaper. “It is intended for the benefit of the Braves owners, with any county benefit being tangential or contingent at best.”
Savage said: “Through the Intergovernmental Agreement, the county and authority have squashed our rights under the Constitution.”
The courts have traditionally upheld such agreements.
“We were notified by the leadership in Cobb County that an appeal has been filed regarding the county’s bond validation,” the Braves said in a statement issued through a spokeswoman. “We have full confidence that our partners in Cobb County will successfully handle this appeal.
“Site work and pre-construction has been begun and we will continue to move forward.”