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BATON ROUGE - During an East Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce meeting, supporters of incorporating southeast Baton Rouge discussed names like "Highlands" and "Village of St. George," but the ultimate decision would be voted on by those living in the proposed boundaries.

Organizers haven't determined what the boundaries could be, but said the city would encompass the unincorporated areas of southeast East Baton Rouge Parish.

Local Schools for Local Children President Norman Browning said the decision to incorporate came after the breakaway school district didn't make it to voters for the second consecutive year.

"Looking at this thing now and going back, if we would have known that the legislators would have blocked the ability for the people to vote, we would have probably done this and let the people vote that way," Browning said.

Organizers are still trying to determine the funding mechanism of the proposed city. In order to become a city, the district would need to apply with the Secretary of State, determine the exact boundaries and develop a name, obtain signatures on a petition from 25 percent of the registered voters within those boundaries, have those names confirmed by the Registrar of Voters, get the Governor to sign off on it, and only then would voters in that district get to decide.

"We're still looking at this thing. We are going to do our homework, and if it still makes sense to do it, then that's what we're going to do," Browning said.

A second meeting to discuss the potential city will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Branch Library.


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