Cost Overruns Haven't Slowed Gwinnett Stadium

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Construction on a new ballpark in Gwinnett County for the minor-league Braves is about 70 percent complete. A recession forcing county job cuts hasn't slowed plans for the stadium. Neither has the price tag.

The original price tag of $40 million now stands at $64 million. So far, county commissioners have committed $31 million in taxpayer money for the project.

The project's chief proponent, County Commissioner Bert Nasuti, says the board of commissioners still supports the stadium.

It's too late to back out of the financing for the ballpark. The county's development authority issued $33 million in bonds for it last year.

County Attorney Karen Thomas says Gwinnett is legally required to spend the proceeds from those bonds on the stadium.

Gwinnett's stadium debt will total more than $77 million over 30 years.


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