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BATON ROUGE - People against the proposed city of Saint George believe it could spell trouble for Baton Rouge if it becomes a reality.

A report released by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation outlined potential impacts if Saint George is incorporated.

The joint report researched by three LSU professors show the new city would take about $85 million from the East Baton Rouge Parish general fund. That would put Baton Rouge in the red by 53 million dollars, meaning public services like law enforcement and fire protection would be cut. It could ultimately increase taxes in Baton Rouge to make up for that shortfall.

Some have mixed feelings for some people in the proposed city.

"I just see a lot of disadvantages for it and no real advantages for me," said Janis Kile.

She lives in Westminster, a subdivision in the proposed city of St. George.

"We're really not in the city of Baton Rouge. We're in the parish. And I think the folks possibly feel like they can get better bang for their buck," said St. George supporter David Carnes.

St. George supporters tell News 2 they have half of the 18,000 signatures needed to let voters decide on the issue.


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