Portion of East Baton Rouge Parish Wants Independence from Baton Rouge

St. George proponents nearly halfway toward getting incorporation on ballot

By Elizabeth crisp

Two months into collecting signatures, supporters of creating a new East Baton Rouge Parish city called St. George say they have nearly half the names needed to get incorporation on a ballot for voters to decide.

State Sen. Bodi White, a Central Republican backing the city’s creation, told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday that proponents are pulling in 800 to 1,000 signatures a week as they try to get at least 25 percent of the registered voters in St. George’s proposed boundaries to sign onto the incorporation plan. For St. George, that means about 18,000 voter signatures needed to get the measure on the ballot.

“It’s not a done deal, but these folks work relentlessly,” White said.

The new city would include all of the parish’s unincorporated areas south of Baton Rouge’s city limits — about 85 square miles of land and more than 107,000 residents.


Can a North Monroe be in Louisiana’s future?

3 Responses to “Portion of East Baton Rouge Parish Wants Independence from Baton Rouge”

  1. Michael DeVault Says:

    The idea of a City of North Monroe is preposterous. There isn’t enough of a tax base north of Forsythe to support police and fire departments, public works and infrastructure, and a school system. Even if you expand that out to Louisville Avenue, the tax base is insufficient.

    Meanwhile, what would the benefit of establishing a City of North Monroe be? (Other than the obviously racist attempt at white flight by annexation, that is.)

    • The Jet Says:

      Most of the economic activity and property tax base of Monroe is on the northside. I would say it is the southside that is lacking in the tax base to have a city. Yeah, it means North Monroe would have to settle up with Monroe and rebuild a civic infrastructure for itself, but serving a smaller area, smaller population, that tends to be whiter, wealthier, and more civically engaged, you can do that at a fraction of the cost. It’s amazing what you can accomplish without being weighed down by the challenges produced by the demographics, governing situation, and prevailing attitude of government that you see in Monroe and Baton Rouge. And as long as the established system’s first, knee-jerk reaction to these citizens concern and activism is screams of racism and selfishness, well, then get ready to see more of this. Everywhere.

      • hannanewspapers Says:

        By the way, I have no idea why it is posting that comment as coming from Hanna Newspapers. This is Michael DeVault and I logged in with my personal information.

        Walter, do you have any idea why it keeps tagging me as Hanna newspapers?

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