The Development Authority has been criticized in the past for its generous incentives, such as the $1.8 million tax break it handed Tyler Perry to keep his private jet in Cobb.
Clark Hungerford, the chairman of the authority, declined to give an estimate of the abatement under consideration for Project Dashboard.
“At this point we just have the preliminary inducement resolution, so we don’t know what the final projection will be,” Hungerford said. “If we are selected and we have the details on the project, then we will be happy to reveal it at that time.”
The company behind “Project Dashboard” is eyeing property owned by the Atlanta Braves off Circle 75, near SunTrust Park in Cumberland for a long-term lease. The Braves declined to comment.
Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce said the county was approached by the state about the project, which he welcomed.
He defended the use of incentives to lure businesses to the county, arguing the abatement is temporary.
“Incentives are all part of the business environment,” Boyce said. “One of the reasons we have one of the lowest millage rates [in the metro area] is because we have a solid business foundation.”
The Development Authority is scheduled to meet with the School Board Thursday to discuss the project before it can proceed for final approval.
Staff writer J. Scott Trubey contributed to this report