BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The organizers of St. George and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome was back in court on Friday battling it out over the incorporation of St. George.
There were a lot of starts, stops, and objections regarding the incorporation. The court arrived at a few stalemates, but nonetheless, arguments went forth by both parties.
Russell Starns, one of the men who fought for the city of Central to become its own city, took the stand.
Attorneys for St. George said they planned to model the city after Central. They argued that if Central could make it work, so could they. Like Central, they would have the continued services of the parish for services like sewage to public safety and garbage. They would also privatize some of their other services to keep costs down.
St. George’s incorporators argued that Central is thriving now with a surplus of money and a good school system, although they were doubted in the beginning.
However, on the mayor’s side, they argue that comparing Central to St. George is like comparing apples to oranges since the city of Central is so small and the proposed city of St. George would be the fifth largest city in the state.
They argued that much of the questions St. George incorporator’s representation asked were irrelevant to the case. They also argued that Central’s petition did not have much of a plan written on it either. They say the hit would be devastating and the need for services is much greater for the larger proposed city.
They said it would cost the City-Parish about $48 million, in comparison to Central, which was significantly less.
The week-long case will now pour into the next with several more witnesses scheduled to take the stand. Court will resume Monday at 1 p.m.