ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KMOX) – One of the major issues in the St. Louis mayoral race is the possibility that St. Louis City could re-enter St. Louis County and now the top County official is weighing in.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says he is all right with re-entry, as long as it does not cost his county any money.
“If the city wants to become a municipality, it doesn’t cost them a dime to do that. I’m in favor of them moving with us if it doesn’t cost us additional money on taxpayers,” Dooley said. “The city can be a city within the county, just like any other city, like Florissant or Clayton. It’s just another city. We don’t take on any of their liabilities, that would just be another city in St. Louis County. That’s all it would be.”
When asked if he would support a re-entry plan, he said it does make sense, especially in cases such as Lambert Airport which sits in the county but is owned and operated by the city. If it were to happen, Dooley says it should be put to a vote of St. Louis City and St. Louis County residents.
At last week’s mayoral debate, candidates say they would like to share resources with the county as a way to help fight crime and strengthen the area economy.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the plan in question as a “merger” between the city and county. It is a re-entry plan.