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BATON ROUGE- Some people who live the proposed area of St. George are voicing their concerns through a facebook page and website.

"I'm worried about taxes going up in our part of the parish and not getting the level of services that we get being associated with the city of Baton Rouge," said Susan Nelson, who lives within the boundaries of the proposed city of St. George.

Nelson is part of a group against the new city operating a website and face book page called BetterTogetherBR.org.

"If they create a hole in that budget then that impacts us as well, because that's less resources for crime fighting, for maintaining infrastructure that we enjoy as well," said Nelson.

But organizers for the new city think that's a stretch and claim they have the evidence to prove it.

"We released our numbers that show we're not going to have that negative of an impact on the city of Baton Rouge, this is simply another scare tactic to try and scare the citizens of this area to not sign the petition," said Lionel Rainey, III, the spokesperson for the proposed city.

Rainey said nearly half the people needed to bring the issue to a ballot have signed a petition and researched information on their website.

"At the end of the day if this doesn't pass, that's ok, if we don't get the amount of signatures, that's ok, but the voters should have the right to vote on this and let their voice be heard and let the people of St. George decide if they want a new city or not," said Rainey.

While Rainey is eager to get the measure on the ballot, some aren't ready to roll the dice on St. George.

"There's so many unknowns on how much services we will get and how it will impact us from a homeowner perspective, it's an awfully big gamble to take," said Nelson.


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