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STL County/STL City Merger Talk Back On Front Burner

June 13th, 2017 by mopns_admin · No Comments

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson held a news conference yesterday to tout the latest Better Together Report:

KMOX:

Krewson and Stenger embraced a report released by the group Better Together, which claims the region is wasting taxpayer money on an abundance of local governments. The report claims the region is spending $119 million more than four years ago to fund 114 local governments. Since April of 2012, the study says there have been 100 muncipal and fire district tax increases in the region.

“We have hundreds of taxing jurisdictions that get to take a bite of the apple every year,” Stenger said. Krewson agreed, taking care to avoid the use of the word “merger.” “I do use the word ‘combination,’ because for me that means not one solution, some kind of a solution,” Krewson said. Read more...

Former St. Louis County executives and St. Louis mayors in the past have also danced very carefully around suggesting a merger of St. Louis County and St. Louis City. There is also strong opposition against a merger from North St. Louis politicians.

Related:

“AAA Charlie” Dooley on St. Louis County-City Merger: “That’s What I’m All About!”

Dooley’s County/City Merger Trial Balloon Crashes, Now Says “It Was a Misunderstanding”

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