Atlanta mayor optimistic about new stadium

Public opposes hotel-motel tax Brad Biggs

Print This January 12, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

The mayor of Atlanta believes the city will be successful in getting a new football stadium built despite opposition to a hotel-motel tax plan to help fund the nearly $1 billion project.

Mayor Kasim Reed said he is confident an agreement can be brokered, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He says the new stadium will help the city compete for a Major League Soccer franchise and said it was a “false choice” when asked if money from a hotel-motel tax could be used on more pressing projects such as those involving transportation.

The Falcons have been pushing for a stadium to replace the Georgia Dome and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has visited in the last year in an effort to help push the issue.

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