Ten years ago, a group of residents in the southeast corner of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, began organizing around the idea of turning their unincorporated neighborhoods into a city. In 2019, the group succeeded in winning a ballot referendum, with 54% of the voters in those neighborhoods electing to form the City of St. George.
But less than two weeks after voters approved the measure, the mayor-president of Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome, sued to stop the effort from proceeding. And on May 31, a judge rejected St. George’s cityhood, saying that its formation was “unreasonable” and that it would cause fiscal harm to the parish and the city of Baton Rouge, which have one combined government. (A parish is Louisiana’s equivalent to a county.)