From today’s AJC, we receive word that most of Atlanta is opposed to Arthur Blank’s plans for a new tax-payer funded
soon-to-be-boondoggle Falcons stadium, just a few yards from the 20-year old Georgia Dome.
Rep. Mike Dudgeon spoke to the paper today predicting voters would oppose and that he may file legislation that “could halt state support for the project, including blocking efforts to raise the GWCCA’s borrowing ceiling, which is now at $200 million. That would prevent the GWCCA from raising the money through the bond market and paying it back with hotel-motel tax revenue.”
“If you put the stadium to a [public] vote, I think it would go down in larger numbers than the T-SPLOST,” said Dudgeon, who thinks he could get strong legislative support because almost half of the rank-and-file membership in the next General Assembly wasn’t in the Legislature when it first approved the stadium proposal.
A July poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution helps support Dudgeon’s statement, showing that 67 percent of metro residents oppose using the hotel tax for a new stadium.
Bold prediction–the legislature cowers in fear of Arthur Blank and supports his plan.