Municipal pools and other services offered by municipal Parks and Recreation departments would be unaffected by this plan to unite St. Louis City and County.
There are lots of ways to get involved! Host a gathering with your friends and neighbors, share why you support with St. Louisans across the region, jump in on online conversations to spread the word about how this will benefit our region.
No. Under a new united government, employees of the new government will be required to live within the boundaries of that government - the geographic boundaries of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County combined.
Schools are not directly affected by this plan. It could indirectly have a positive impact on schools through TIF reform and inclusionary zoning. Our current fragmented government diverts revenue that should be going to school districts rather than to developers that pit our municipalities against one another.
Creating a more equitable region means re-examining how we approach a number of aspects of governance, including taxation. We can’t expect to move forward as a unified region if residents from one part of town are taxed at a higher rate simply due to where they choose to live.
Police officers in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the surrounding municipal police departments would become officers of the Metro City.
Current employees of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the surrounding municipalities would become employees of the new united government unless they provide a service that would still be offered by the municipal district in which case they would stay in their current role.
The last time any serious proposal to address the government structure in St. Louis was over 30 years ago and the last time any change was put before voters was in 1962.
The primary data sources for Better Together’s research have been the governments it studied. Better Together studied governments that deliver municipal-level services in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
No. While uniting City and County would create a more accurate picture of the crime rates in the region, it more importantly would allow us to more effectively address public safety.
A Board of Freeholders plan can’t override previous constitutional provisions, which makes a constitutional amendment the only possible path for meaningful reform.
The relationship between the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County is defined by the Missouri Constitution and the pathway to change that relationship necessarily lies there.