Stadium opponents want referendum on tax spending

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Updated: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:15:06 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of public dollars going toward new stadiums for the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons want lawmakers to require referendums for public-private partnerships.

A coalition of black clergy, neighborhood associations and Tea Party groups says it plans to seek legislation this year. At a Monday news conference, organizers say residents should decide when public money goes toward private projects but didn't name a dollar amount triggering a vote.

Atlanta Tea Party co-chair Debbie Dooley says the coalition will not stop fighting despite the construction underway at a Falcons stadium in downtown Atlanta and a Braves stadium in nearby Cobb County.

Opponents have separately challenged bonds on both projects and say they plan to appeal lower court decisions in favor of the city and the county to the state Supreme Court.

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