I think this isn’t quite right but I’m in the minority of lawyers.
Councilman Rick Hutto said he believes a Georgia Supreme Court decision prevents Macon from walking away from the deal scot-free:
In 1974, the Atlanta City Council by resolution authorized then-Mayor Maynard Jackson to sign a contract with a company to construct a cargo building at Hartsfield International Airport. Jackson never signed the agreement, and the city later contracted with a different company at a lower price.
The first company sued Atlanta for breach of contract and won. The Supreme Court ruled that contractual obligations were created once the council authorized the resolution and Jackson declined to veto it.