St. George, LA Update – 12/25/13

Threat of legal action looms over St. George effort

By Rebekah Allen

Although the fate of the city of St. George would appear to rest with voters who live within its boundaries, the threat of legal action looms as a potential wild card.

Opponents such as Metro Councilman John Delgado say a court challenge is certain to be filed if voters in St. George approve the proposal to incorporate a new city.

Delgado, a lawyer, said he does not intend to stand idly by as St. George attempts to lay claim to tax dollars that fund the parish. He said he will file a lawsuit himself “in the incredibly unlikely event that (St. George voters) are both able to get the signatures to put the matter on the ballot and convince the majority of people to incorporate St. George.”

Lionel Rainey, a St. George spokesman, said the officials with the group working toward creating a new city have researched potential legal challenges to the incorporation and feel confident that a judge would ultimately rule in their favor.

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