Better Together hosts Annexation Day in Baton Rouge

Group collects signatures for St. George businesses hoping to annex into Baton Rouge

ST. GEORGE, La. (WAFB) - A community organization is encouraging residents and business owners to annex into Baton Rouge as St. George plans to incorporate.

Better Together hosted its Annexation Day event at the Unitarian Church Saturday, Nov. 23 where residents signed annexation petitions for their property. The community organization said it is trying to help facilitate the annexation process for anyone who is interested.

The event came after a proposal to incorporate St. George passed on Oct. 12 during Louisiana’s Primary Election. The approved measure was currently undergoing a certification process with a completion date of Nov. 20, 2020.

Earlier in November, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome filed a lawsuit against St. George organizers. In her statement, Broome said, “the incorporation of St. George will have a significant and adverse impact on the remaining 364,000 residents of the parish.” And, "if allowed to incorporate, it will drive the proposed town of St. George to suicide by bankruptcy.”

“We’ve had almost 100 individual people come in for our very first annexation day and we hope to have them monthly into 2020 and we want to help as many people find a path to annexation as possible,” said M.E. Cormier, one of the organizers behind the group.

The event Saturday was the first of what the group plans to be several opportunities to gather signatures.

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