Homeowners looking to unincorporate now see litigation as option to stay in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- Some homeowners are now exploring alternatives to annexation and unincorporation from the new city of St.George. Instead of annexing a single property or subdivision, some residents, along with the Mayor’s Office, are looking into a civil lawsuit that will completely dismantle the entire city.

Under Louisiana statute RS 33:4, an individual or municipality can challenge a newly incorporated city if they can prove that new town adversely affects the city it separated from or the new residents living in it. The entity filing the suit would also have to prove that the new city has failed to provide critical, public services-like law enforcement or fire departments-in a reasonable amount of time.

Meanwhile, city organizers for St.George would have to make the opposite case. Organizers would need to convince the court that the new city incorporation does not adversely affect the original municipality (Baton Rouge). They would also need to provide evidence that public services would be available for new residents in a timely manner.

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