ATLANTA (AP) - The organizer of a petition drive calling for the end of public financing for a new Falcons stadium says hope is dwindling as the deadline nears for gathering signatures. William Perry of Common Cause Georgia said Thursday the group continues to gather signatures ahead of Saturday's deadline but knows it will need a "miracle to get over the top."
Perry says the group knew it was a longshot to gather 35,000 signatures in 60 days to qualify for the November ballot, but it's been worth the effort. State and city officials have signed off on the $1 billion stadium project that includes an estimated $200 million in public bonds. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said the stadium is an important project to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.