Council members split on St. George
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council Members whose districts fall within the proposed city of St. George boundary have mixed reactions on the benefits of the proposed city.
"I am not for the city of St. George," District Nine Representative Joel Boe' said. "I think it has and will have a detrimental effect on the entire parish as a whole, and it will compromise the consolidated form of government that we have."
Boe's entire district falls within the St. George city limits as does district three, represented by Chandler Loupe.
"We pay for a lot of things that we don't get, and we'll never get," Loupe explained. "If you look at it from a district three taxpayer, if I look at it for myself, I pay for almost all of these services that I never get. So from that standpoint you have to look at it and say, it's not a bad option."
Two other districts, eight and eleven represented by Buddy Amoroso and Ryan Heck, are split in half by the proposed boundary.
"There's a whole lot of unknowns right now," Heck said. "My job right now is to represent district eleven and that includes incorporated and unincorporated areas. I know a lot of us have always thought of us as Baton Rouge, but that concept may be changing."
"If the majority of the people want it then I'm 100 percent all for it," Amoroso explained if this were to happen. "I think that we would have to look at it. Maybe we'd have to rewrite the plan of government, and we may have to go back to a police jury system with the parish versus the city."