Office building petitions to join Baton Rouge, stay out of St. George

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EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — As prospects of a City of St. George advance, a business leader in the tentative city’s limits wants to join Baton Rouge.

Four United Plaza, owned by 8555 United Plaza LLC, is the first property within the proposed city’s borders to file annexation papers. Charles Landry, a manager for the office building, submitted the documents Monday.

“My partners and I would prefer to have the status quo,” Landry said. “We prefer to continue with this mayor, DPW, Planning Commisison and all the other city-parish services we are comfortable with.”

But St. George organizers question how stable doing business in Baton Rouge would be.

“Do you want the uncertainty of having one of the highest sales taxes in the country?” St. George campaign spokesman Andrew Murrell told BRProud.com in an interview Tuesday. “It seems like the most uncertain prospect is to join Baton Rouge.”

Murrell says the chance of more businesses annexing out of St. George doesn’t bother him, noting the 54 percent majority that supported the proposed city’s incorporation Oct. 12.

“We won the election for a reason, because there was more support to form St. George than to stay unincorporated,” Murrell said.

Landry contends that the roughly 15,000 voters who said “no” to St. George hold too much power to ignore.

“I suspect that every major law firm in Baton Rouge would be having this conversation, that their clients on the fringe who voted against it are taking advantage of their opportunity to annex,” Landry said.

Baton Rouge has a history of granting annexation, though the city only welcomes requests from areas bordering it.

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