BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In the battle between Baton Rouge and the proposed city of St. George, the Mall of Louisiana is key.
Critics of the new city effort say if St. George successfully incorporates, it takes with it the sales taxes generated within its borders - most notably from retail giants like the Mall of Louisiana and Perkins Rowe.
Metro Councilman Ryan Heck tells The Advocate he's learned that officials are close to securing a petition from the Mall of Louisiana to be annexed into the city of Baton Rouge, which would ensure its sales taxes remain within the city-parish coffers.
Tony Stephens, general manager of the mall, said he does not want to comment on potential annexation or the incorporation effort.