Recap: May 11th Community Forum with Richard Bose, Vice President of St. Louis Strong

Conversations in St. Louis have turned from whether we should take steps to change our governmental structure to debates about the kind of government we want. Better Together is committed to open and direct dialogue with all constituencies and stakeholders in order to...
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Reforming the broken municipal court system

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH April 7, 2016 We all need to do everything we can to ensure that every individual in every case in our system of justice is treated with respect and his or her case adjudicated fairly and impartially under the law. Until that is true in 100...
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Better Together Launches Updated Website

Today, Better Together launched a totally updated website: www.BetterTogetherSTL.com. We are especially excited to introduce our new Better Together Wiki. On the Wiki, you will find all of our studies – plus all the reference sources and the hundreds of thousands of...
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MISSION

We support the St. Louis region by acting as a catalyst for the removal of governmental, economic, and racial barriers to the region’s growth and prosperity for all of our citizens by promoting unity, trust, efficiency, and accountability.


A resident driving from the St. Louis Galleria to Lambert St. Louis International Airport will pass through 15 SEPARATE POLICE JURISDICTIONS during a 14-minute trip.

The region spends each year on policing.

The combined populations of the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County account for only 11% of Missouri’s population yet bring in 34% of all municipal court fines and fees statewide totaling:

Per capita cost to fund municipal services

Excess spending each year

  • Cost to operate a municipal court in St. Louis County – 223,149
  • Revenue from fines and fees each year – 711,596
  • Average net revenue – 488,357

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Percent of departments in St. Louis City and County are unaccredited.

SPENDING PER FAMILY of four for government services per year