St. George, Louisiana Press Conference with Senator Mack 'Bodi' White (48:44) 11/27/13
St. George Proposed Annual Budget
Click here to View Larger Image of the Proposed Budget for the City of St. George
Transfer of Money from St. George to the City of Baton Rouge
100% of the current $28 million annual funding for the parish's constitutional offices—which includes the District Court, Family Court, Juvenile Court, District Attorney's Office and Coroner—comes from the sales taxes appropriated by the local service agreement from the unincorporated region of the parish.
After St. George pays it's share funding NGO's and 100% of the Constitutional Offices for the entire Parish of East Baton Rouge, the City of Baton Rouge then sweeps the remaining balance (52 million in 2014) and applies it to their general fund to pay for city services in Baton Rouge. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only place in the country that this happens. Over the last 13 years that totals over $500,000,000.00 taken from the City of St George and spent by the city of Baton Rouge on the City of Baton Rouge.
The BRAC/BRAF sponsored report by Dr. Richardson would have you believe that this will destroy the city of Baton Rouge and the Parish. But by Dr. Richardson's own admission he did not factor in any of the services that St. George will continue to pay for because "they it hasn't yet and we cannot prove that we will keep our word."
You can view our detailed response to the Dr. Richardson study here.
There is NO REASON taxes should be raised with an annual surplus of over 20 million dollars.
The City of Baton Rouge and EBR Parish will not be destroyed. The real fiscal impact to the city of Baton Rouge would be between 10 - 14 million dollars. Less than 2% of the total 800 million dollar budget. The sky is not falling. This will not bankrupt the City of Baton Rouge or the Parish.
You can see the full breakdown of the Local Services agreement here. Go to page 331, 332 and 333. Take note of the transfer of 52.4 million dollars from St. George to the City of Baton Rouge and look at everything the Parish (St. George) pays for with little in return.
Families are Fleeing Baton Rouge
Any way you cut it, families are leaving East Baton Rouge Parish and the City of Baton Rouge at break neck speeds Middle class families that can't afford to pay $10,000 a year per child for private school tuition or are weren't lucky enough to get their child in a magnet program and have the ability to leave, have left and are continuing to leave. Charts and break down provided by Nola.com. You can fin their full report here.
Migration patterns of families in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes in the last full decade, from 2000-2010. Dark orange represents negative growth. Dark purple represents positive growth:
The above chart, generated by www.netmigration.wisc.edu, a project published this year from the University of Wisconsin, shows net population change in the 2000s in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes relative to age groupings.
-Residents ages 30-54 left Baton Rouge at the highest rate – a loss of 11 percent or 17,333 people – than any other age group. However, the rate at which the age group fled the parish has decreased every decade since the 1980s, when nearly 15 percent of people in that age group left the parish.
-Residents ages 30-54 moved to Livingston and Ascension parishes at higher rates than any other age group. The age group grew by 36 percent in Livingston Parish and 25 percent in Ascension Parish.
-In all three parishes, the 15-and-under age group nearly follows the same migration trends as the 30-54 group, suggesting the groups are connected though a family unit.
-Livingston and Ascension were the only parishes in Louisiana with an overall population growth of more than 20 percent. Both had major growth of all three races measured: black, white and Hispanic.
-Livingston Parish’s black population grew by 55 percent, and its white population grew by 23 percent. Ascension Parish’s black population grew by a 33 percent and its white population grew by 17 percent.
White Flight? Not even close.
African American growth in Ascension and Livingston have doubled that of white families.
-East Baton Rouge’s overall net-migration was flat in the 2000s – it gained 1,606 people. Its black population grew by 7 percent, its white population lost 23 percent, and its Hispanic population grew by 81 percent (translating to 7,490 Hispanic people).
-East Baton Rouge Parish’s population grew overall – though barely -- in the 2000s for the first time since the 1970s. The only reason EBR didn't experience negative growth is because of the independent school systems of Central and Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish.
-A chart generated through the project shows the 30-34 age group left East Baton Rouge Parish at the highest rate in the 2000s than in any other decade since the 1950s.