Proposed city would have have wide tax impact on EBR
BATON ROUGE - Leaders of a movement to incorporate much of the southern part of East Baton Rouge Parish into a new city say it would make enough tax revenue to sustain itself.
That could create a problem for the city-parish of Baton Rouge, because many big tax-generating businesses and shopping centers are in the proposed boundaries for St. George. That includes the Mall of Louisiana, Perkins Rowe, Siegen Village, L'Auberge Casino, and a number of shopping centers and car dealerships.
Dustin Yates is a primary supporter of the movement, and was one of the first to sign the petition to incorporate St. George.
"If it wasn't a self-sustainable area, if there wasn't enough sales tax here, then it wouldn't be opposed by the city parish," he said.
EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden voiced his opposition Wednesday, saying the parish doesn't need to be divided.
"This is something that will not work, I don't believe the majority of the people in EBR will go along with it," he said. "It's just kind of amazing after we go in and make all these improvements to Baton Rouge, somebody would choose to try to separate us."
Organizers of the petition need 18,000 signatures to get the measure in front of voters. More than 100,000 people live within the proposed city's boundaries. You can find more information on their website.