Posted: Jul 13, 2014 2:40 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jul 14, 2014 9:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - St. George organizers have just ten more days to collect the needed 18,000 signatures to put the proposed city of St. George to a vote.
With that deadline looming St. George organizers feel Baton Rouge city leaders will do anything to slow them down.
"They'll throw the kitchen sink when it comes down to it, but that's just life," said St. George committee member Joshua Hoffpauir. "They've thought of a ton of ways already, so we're sure it's not going to stop. So as long as we're still getting signatures we're sure Baton Rouge will still keep throwing things at us."
Metro Councilman John Delgado, a vocal opposer of St. George, says Baton Rouge needs to stick together to fix the issues instead of splitting up.
"You know the potential is out there that we're going to basically split our resources, our efforts and our time in dealing with problems haphazardly whereas right now we can all focus on doing things together. I think that always works out best," he said.
St. George leaders say they're extremely close to collecting the amount of signatures needed, but wouldn't say how many signatures they've collected so far. However, Hoffpauir did say it's a number between 10,000 and 18,000.
"Our primary focus is collecting signatures, and then the strategy as part of the November, December ballot or spring ballot, it's really going to depend on once we get all of the signatures collected," said Hoffpauir.
St. George organizers say the city of Baton Rouge will likely file a lawsuit against the petition to incorporate, when the signatures are turned in to the Registrar of Voters. They say a lawsuit would make a November vote on St.George unlikely.