Ga group tries to block financing for NFL stadium - KMSP-TV

Ga group tries to block financing for NFL stadium

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ATLANTA (AP) - An advocacy group is still trying to collect signatures to block public financing for a new stadium proposed for the Atlanta Falcons.

The director of Common Cause of Georgia, William Perry told FOX 5 News on Saturday that his staff has collected several thousand signatures so far.

But at least 35,000 are needed to force a vote on the city of Atlanta's plan to use $200 million in tax revenues to help fund the $1 billion stadium.

Even if the group gets enough signatures, city attorneys say a petition won't withstand a legal challenge to let the financing go forward.

The petition deadline is Aug. 10.

The stadium is set to open in 2017, but city and state officials still haven't secured the land for their favorite site near the Georgia Dome.

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