Opponents of proposed city of St. George hold public meeting - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Opponents of proposed city of St. George hold public meeting

Posted: Updated:
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Shreveport woman launches campaign for Caddo school board

    Shreveport woman launches campaign for Caddo school board

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:14:50 GMT
    A Shreveport resident known for her work in the local communication industry has tossed her hat into the Caddo Parish education ring, launching a campaign for a seat on the parish's school board.More >>
    A Shreveport resident known for her work in the local communication industry has tossed her hat into the Caddo Parish education ring, launching a campaign for a seat on the parish's school board.More >>
  • Car collides with parking garage wall in downtown Shreveport

    Car collides with parking garage wall in downtown Shreveport

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:36:55 GMT
    The driver of this black Toyota had a medical emergency while at the wheel Thursday evening, causing the car to crash into a parking lot wall in downtown Shreveport.The driver of this black Toyota had a medical emergency while at the wheel Thursday evening, causing the car to crash into a parking lot wall in downtown Shreveport.
    A car collided with a building in downtown Shreveport Thursday night, sending the driver to a local hospital.More >>
    A car collided with a building in downtown Shreveport Thursday night, sending the driver to a local hospital.More >>
  • BREAKING

    Judge denies restraining order preventing SPD detective's transfer

    Judge denies restraining order preventing SPD detective's transfer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:00:44 GMT
    Shreveport Police Chief Willis Shaw left Caddo District Court Thursday morning with the freedom to remove Det. Rodney Demery from the department's homicide unit.Shreveport Police Chief Willis Shaw left Caddo District Court Thursday morning with the freedom to remove Det. Rodney Demery from the department's homicide unit.
    A Caddo District judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the transfer of a Shreveport homicide detective out of the unit and his removal from the investigation into the Fire Station 8 scandal.More >>
    A Caddo District judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the transfer of a Shreveport homicide detective out of the unit and his removal from the investigation into the Fire Station 8 scandal.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The group One Community One School District held a public meeting Thursday to share with residents what they believe is the real truth behind the proposed city of St. George. 

"They're carving out a section of town that is wealthier and whiter than what they are leaving behind," said Belinda Davis, President of One Community One School District.

Davis says the creation of St. George would have crippling effects on the East Baton Rouge School System.

"Our argument has not changed. We think this is going to be bad for the children in St. George. They will have reduced choices regarding education options and we think it's certainly going to be bad for the children left behind in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System," added Davis.

Presenters also disputed the argument that tax dollars generated in the St. George area are not returned to St. George, saying that people all over the parish pay the taxes, but those in support of the new city counter the move would only make East Baton Rouge Parish a more desired place to live.

"We think by incorporating the city of St. George this will become an economic stimulant for the parish," said Dustin Yates of the Committee to Incorporate the City of St. George. "We follow under the consolidated form of government here and we believe that it's the best interest of the parish to keep people in the parish."

"We've been supporting that area with roads and infrastructure for decades and now they are growing and thriving they are deciding they don't want to be with us anymore and as a taxpayer it's frustrating because we have helped spur their economic growth," said Davis.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow