St. George opposers look to annexation as possible solution

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)-Those unhappy with the recent incorporation of the city of St. George, might have a way out under state law.

If you live in the outskirts of St. George near the city limits of Baton Rouge, you can petition the Baton Rouge Metro Council to annex your property back into Baton Rouge.

M.E. Courmier, a member of One BTR, a group that opposed the St. George incorporation, says it’s imperative that Baton Rouge residents understand their rights.

“It’s really important not to splice the community and separate off. We are better together,” Courmier said. “We work better when we’re under a consolidated form of government.”

Meanwhile, the people that live deeper inside St.George have the same opportunity to leave the city. But instead of petitioning for annexation, they have to submit a petition to incorporate from the city of St. George. Courmier says her organization created a formal petition, the now, St. George residents can use to unincorporated themselves.

“We’ve got a draft of a petition for annexation for anybody who’s interested.”

The mayor’s office tells us they’ve already received phone calls and emails about how to formally leave the City of St. George. In a press release from the mayor’s office, Mayor-President Broome stated that she would meet with St. George organizers to come up with a conclusive plan.

You can find a link to the BTR annexation petitions here.

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