City of St. George effort continues to gain support

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There is more talk of annexing an area looking to break away from Baton Rouge.

The committee for the city of St. George now has official proposed boundaries and leaders in the group say they're quickly gaining support.

That group got things rolling with a petition just three weeks ago and it reportedly already has thousands of signatures. The city would include all of the unincorporated parts of southeast East Baton Rouge Parish.

The chairman of the committee, Norman Browning, said they first got the idea to create the city after this past legislative session when they failed a second time to garner support to create a breakaway school district.

The petition needs 18,000 signatures to really get moving and it already has 3,000. With enough signatures gathered and a stamp of approval from the governor's office, the future of St. George could go to voters during a special election as early as next spring.

Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle thinks the proposed city of St. George area and all unincorporated parts of the parish should have been annexed into the city of Baton Rouge years ago.

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