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Both sides gearing up for Satsuma incorporation vote

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SATSUMA - With the possible incorporation of one small community in Livingston Parish set for a special election in March, both sides of the issue plan to meet with residents to sway votes.

Organizers of the group "Save Satsuma" want to incorporate to keep the rural community of Satsuma "country." They want to protect Satsuma from big business taking over.

"If they want to be swallowed up by Walker or Livingston then I would say to them don't vote, but I know these people that I've grown up with and I know that's the last thing they want," said Save Satsuma organizer HL Arledge. "So that gives me the confidence to say that Satsuma will be a town this year."

While the people will finally get the chance to vote on the issue, some residents are still on the fence.

"You know progress is kind of a sneaky thing. On the one hand people want everything to stay the same, but on the other hand we like to have our mini-mart, we like to have our Subway and other conveniences that we didn't have before," said resident John Singleton.

People who oppose incorporation of Satsuma say it would be a big mistake to shut down the growth of the rural community. On top of that, they question how the town would be funded.

"I'm not saying we should stop growth. I mean this is the whole motive behind this thing. It's to regulate what anybody can do in that little town," said business owner Marvin Henderson. "I think that and the people who are trying to do it don't contribute anything to the town."

If residents do vote to incorporate, voters would then pick a mayor and alderman to run the town of about 1,023 registered voters.

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