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Group seeks public vote on Falcons stadium deal

ATLANTA -

A government watchdog group is trying to force a public vote on the new Falcons football stadium. Before ground is broken on the planned billion dollar new facility, Common Cause Georgia says citizens should be allowed to weigh in on using public funds.

State and city officials approved the new stadium in downtown Atlanta.  Under the deal, the city is slated to contribute $200 million, which will come from the city's hotel-motel tax. The other $800 million of the billion-dollar cost is going to be paid for by the Falcons. The Falcons will also contribute an additional $50 million in infrastructure costs.

"We are trying to give the citizens of Atlanta the opportunity to say yes or no to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a new stadium," said William Perry of Common Cause Georgia.

Perry said that his group needs to get 40,000 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.  

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is champion of the stadium deal, told All News 106.7 that Perry is not out for public good but simply to make a name for himself.

"I just think it's a shame to see a respected organization like Common Cause be torn apart by a person who is driven by personal ambition," Reed said. "Mr. Perry is going to lose once again. I think he is an embarrassment. I think the measure that he is supporting is a losing measure and I remember when I was coming up, in the Georgia General Assembly, Common Cause Georgia was one of the most respected organizations in the state of Georgia and now they are becoming a laughing stock."

Perry said that his group is working to ensure the validity of the petition.

"We have had a team of lawyers design the language and we are making sure that everything we are doing is airtight," Perry said.

All the signatures must come from the city of Atlanta.

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