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Suburbanites in Louisiana Vote to Create a New City of Their Own | The New York Times

Suburbanites in Louisiana Vote to Create a New City of Their Own | The New York Times

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The referendum to establish a largely white city called St. George on the edge of Baton Rouge, which is racially diverse, grew out of frustration over schools and local control.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Residents of a largely white suburb of Baton Rouge voted on Saturday to incorporate a new city of their own — to be called St. George — and take away control of the community’s taxes, schools and other services from the less affluent, more diverse surrounding parish.

The outcome was a rebuke to parish leaders, and illustrated just how strongly many residents wanted to separate themselves from Baton Rouge, the state capital, which is governed jointly with the parish.

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Yet with just 54 percent of voters supporting incorporation, the referendum also demonstrated a split in the community over the proposition, with concerns that going ahead with incorporation could sow further division and financial uncertainty in what would be Louisiana’s fifth-most-populous city.


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