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Mall annexation may prove difficult

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Posted: Apr 29, 2014 5:50 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Apr 29, 2014 7:04 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Annex, Mall, St. George, Fire, Hospital, Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE- One Metro Council member is trying to create a plan to annex the Mall of Louisiana into the city, but the move could prove difficult.

To accomplish the plan, land owners near the mall would have to agree to annexation to create a link to the city limits.

Supporters of St. George think the move directed toward their effort to create a city of their own.

"It's not a deal killer by any stretch for the city of St. George, who it would affect immediately is the St. George Fire Department," said Lionel Rainey, the spokesperson for St. George.

The St. George Fire Protection District could lose as much as $500,000 from its budget, if it loses tax revenue from the Mall of Louisiana. Chief Gerry Tarleton says that's enough to hire at least ten new firefighters.

"Chances are, for at least a period of time, we'll still be first into the mall, and we're expected to do the same job for free, and we'll do it, we'll do it with a smile on our face, because that's what we're supposed to do, our job is the protection of life and property, whether we get a dollar out of it or not," said Chief Tarleton.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber conducted a poll of voters in the St. George area, of those polled, a majority said they would rather find a way to take control of their local schools than create a new city.

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