Keeping traffic flowing around SunTrust Park during this year’s baseball games and special events cost Cobb taxpayers nearly $970,000 — a price tag county leaders hope to reduce and excise from the government’s ex-pense sheet next year.

That figure exceeds by more than half a million dollars an estimated cost for traffic control shared by the county earlier this year. During a June county commissioners’ meeting, county Finance Director Bill Volckmann said initial estimates for the expense incurred to handle traffic around the Atlanta Braves’ home games placed the cost at about $11,000 per event — at 81 home games, that equates to about $900,000. Further into the sea-son, citing a reduction in the number of officers determined necessary to provide traffic control, county leaders reduced that estimate to $400,000 for the season.

But the actual expense of police salaries to cover those games and other events — including two concerts and a Georgia Bulldogs baseball game — rang up at $841,398 per data requested by the MDJ last week and provided by county spokesperson Ross Cavitt on Thursday. That number does not include expenses incurred by the Cobb Department of Transportation.