The Braves organization and Cobb County officials discuss fund allocations and event logistics following World Series

Gené Hunter

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) After a weekend of celebrations after winning the World Series, the Atlanta Braves organization met with Cobb County officials to discuss the aftermath of the event logistics.

The Braves won the World Series after 25 years and brought the title back to Cobb County, Ga. Celebrations included packed out stadiums at The Battery and multiple parades throughout metro Atlanta and Cobb County.

Officials included Cobb County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris, county Finance Director William Volckmann and Mike Plant, the President of Braves Development. Despite the unexpectedly large crowds, both McMorris and Plant agreed that staff members handled the experience to the best of their ability and the weekend helped form a blueprint for regular appearances by the team.

The meeting took place Friday, Dec. 10, days before the Board of Commissioners is expected to authorize an additional fund balance appropriation of $105,000 for expenses related to World Series games and celebrations. This amount is in addition to the original $350,000 authorized for the events earlier this year.

Most of the additional expenses are for overtime associated with the larger-than-expected crowds, three home World Series games and the subsequent parade and celebration. During the meeting, Volckmann noted that funds were originally allocated for police, fire, Sheriff’s Office and information services related to the event.

It was later determined that the emergency funds allocated fell $105,000 short of the actual expenses.

A study is expected to come from the meeting that shows the economic impact of hosting the World Series in Cobb County and the safety costs for residents and attendees.

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