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High Cost of Independence for St. George Residents

Michael Calhoun
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St. George Mayor Carmen Wilkerson speaks to a crowd of residents at the Southride Condominiums on Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

St. George Mayor Carmen Wilkerson speaks to a crowd of residents at the Southride Condominiums on Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. GEORGE, Mo. (KMOX) – Independence won’t come cheap for residents intent on keeping their tiny south St. Louis County town on the map.

They will vote in November on whether to dissolve the town into unincorporated County, which then would take over responsibility for the town’s crumbling roads.

“We’re two decades into borrowed time on these streets. Their original life span was 20 to 25 years, and the streets are closer to 50 years old,” Mayor Carmen Wilkerson said.

“The only alternative is for us to raise municipal taxes to raise the money to replace these streets,” she said. Her estimate is that the additional tax liability would be $1,503 per homeowner.

In comparison, allowing the County to take over would mean an extra $15 per year, less for seniors, Wilkerson said.

Still, a lot of residents are nostalgic about their village, which has most recently been in the news for scandals involving police officers and city officials. Opponents of dis-incorporation also question the dire condition of the roads and the Mayor’s financial figures.

One final town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center.

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