Opponents of proposed city of St. George hold public meeting
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