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Gwinnitt County Gets AAA for Baseball, Big F for Transparency

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Gwinnett County Commissioners secretly negotiated a deal to build a $45 million baseball stadium near the Mall of Georgia as a new home for a Triple A Atlanta Braves farm team being relocated from Richmond, Va. The talks spanned more than a year, with the public being told only that Gwinnett commissioners were interested until they met to approve the deal that will be financed in part by property taxes. There was no discussion, just a unanimous vote. “The people who take the time to follow these things trust us and like what we did,” said one commissioner. (1/17/08)