Five Reasons We Need St. George

During the campaign for incorporation, Chris Rials and Andrew Murrell, two leaders of the St. George movement, reviewed efforts to create the City of St. George at a meeting of the Greater Baton Rouge Civic Association. At the meeting, they voiced five major reasons to create a new city:

• Fight crime

• Hold down taxes

• Improve drainage

•Create a great school system

•Bring people back to East Baton Rouge Parish

Murrell said Baton Rouge had one of the highest murder rates in the country.  Rials said 23 new taxes had been passed in the parish since 2003. Spending in the parish had grown more than New Orleans, Shreveport and Lafayette combined. The public schools are some of the worst in the state. Drainage has not improved significantly since 2016. And people continue to flee the parish.  St. George can help solve all those problems, they said.  

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