BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — It was day two of the trial challenging the incorporation of St. George.
Tuesday’s trial centered around the debate of whether St. George would do more harm or good being incorporated, and if it would be able to provide the necessary resources and services as a city.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s attorneys argued that the city of St. George has not prepared a plan for services like garbage and sewage. They argued that if the city incorporates, then they would have to enter into their own contracts for trash pick-up and sewage system since the City-Parish uses a third party.
They also argue that if St. George incorporates and didn’t take over their own garbage services then they would have to continue to haul trash from the south back to North Baton Rouge.
However, the St. George attorneys believe it won’t take much effort or resources to allow them into some of the plans or contract agreements, comparing their position to other cities like Zachary and Baker who chose to incorporate.
A local business representative for H&E equipment services put forth a request to annex his business out of St. George. He believes St. George would hurt Baton Rouge socially and financially, especially with minority groups being cut out of the map.
He also said that businesses, like his, are contemplating moving out of the city, especially with this incorporation. However, St. George’s attorneys argue his business was on the verge of moving headquarters before the incorporation of St. George was introduced because of factors like traffic, education, and crime.
The court also took a look into what retirement costs would look like if St. George was to incorporate. For example, how much they would have to pay back if they incorporated.
The court will convene again Wednesday morning. A ruling is expected by the end of the week.