CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley are scheduled to share a podium Tuesday at an event to push for a study that would possible combine some city and county services.
Also in attendance will be opponents, who say any studies done at this point will be a possible step toward a city-county merger.
There’s currently a Facebook page called “Stop the City-County Merger” and organizer Jennifer Bird, a Republican state committeewoman, says residents should beware of marriage proposals from cities in trouble.
“Unless you can tell me the benefit to the county and to the city – I mean, I can see the benefit to the city if we’re going to basically bail them out of their financial woes,” she said.
Supporters of a comprehensive study will announce plans Tuesday for public meetings on how shared services would impact public finance, economic development, public safety, parks and recreation, and general administration.
Opponents like Bird fear a petition drive could eventually put a merger measure on a statewide ballot and dilute any legitimate opposition from St. Louis County voters.
“There are too many unknowns here and we got people who are ready to jump on board with this simply on the idea that our crime stats will go down and this will be a good thing for the region as a whole, it will make us look like a bigger city. You know what? A bigger city can still fall over the financial cliff too,” she said.
The press conference Tuesday will be held at Cheshire Inn at the corner of Clayton and Skinker Roads. It is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.