Petition drive begins over funding of Ga. stadium

ATLANTA (AP) — A watchdog
group says it's officially launched a petition drive to place a measure
before Atlanta voters calling for the end of public financing for a new
Falcons stadium.

William Perry of Common Cause Georgia said
Tuesday the group has received its official copy of the petition from
the municipal clerk's office and started collecting the 35,000
signatures needed to quality for the November ballot. Perry earlier said
it would be a “monumental task” with 60 days to gather signatures.

State
and city officials have signed off on the $1 billion stadium in
downtown Atlanta. Officials estimate $200 million in public bonds will
be used to build the new, retractable-roof stadium.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said the stadium is a key project that will create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.