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GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing
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By: Darrell Everidge

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

The unanimous opinion published Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court says the financing structure does not violate the state Constitution. Construction of the stadium for the Atlanta Falcons is already well underway.

A group of Atlanta residents was challenging the city's plan to issue $200 million in bonds for the stadium. They argued the issuance of the bonds was unconstitutional because of an amendment to a 2010 state law governing the use of the city's hotel-motel taxes.

At a hearing in May, a judge issued an order rejecting their objections and confirming and validating the bonds for the stadium. The high court upheld that ruling.