Better Together Releases Extensive Summary Report, “The Will to Change”

Report poses key question: “Why does a region with world-class resources struggle to thrive?” St. Louis, MO (June 13, 2016) – Following more than two years of intensive research and hundreds of community meetings, Better Together today released its summary report....
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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.

million dollars 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

million dollars in 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


Percent of departments in St. Louis City and County are not accredited.

SPENDING PER FAMILY of four for government services per year