The taxpayers of Cobb County are now on the hook to the Braves for an extra $14 million of transportation and infrastructure improvements the team said the county owed.
Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday, exactly one month before the first pitch at SunTrust Park, to pay the team but didn't know where they'd get the money.
The commission plans to figure out later how to pay for the projects, some of which the team has already completed. The Braves hadn’t given the county a deadline, but commissioners promised prompt payment.
County officials tried to argue that it had already covered the commitment — and then some.
As reported in January, Cobb's transportation chief said the county had spent more than $69 million on work near the new ballpark. That was more than the county's fair share, said South Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid, the lone dissenter Tuesday.
The agreement at issue was vague and didn’t break down what projects were being done and who was paying for them.
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