St. George petition short of Nov. ballot goal
BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the St. George movement said they did not get enough signatures to ask voters in November to incorporate the proposed city.
Lionel Rainey said they've gathered 17,076 signatures to put the measure up for a vote at last count, short of the 18,000 required by Wednesday. Rainey said they're now focusing on the deadline for the December ballot, which is Sept. 28.
Supporters of the St. George movement claim recent annexations and requests to annex property into the city of Baton Rouge were politically motivated to hamper their efforts. Property owners requesting the annexations said they have concerns about the viability of proposed city, and how property taxes would be affected.
Rainey said according to their lawyers and an Attorney General's opinion, the annexations will not require them to discard their current petition.