Opposition Rises on City-County Merger

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -The group “Better Together,” backed by the St. Louis mayor and St. Louis County Executive, is studying how the city and county could save money by sharing some services.

But even before there’s a plan, there’s opposition.

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul says he wants to put the issue of a city-county merger on the Ellisville ballot. He will call for the election at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

“My purpose is this: If it takes one municipality to do it, I think there’ll be several other municipalities that backpack on that, or piggyback on that,” he says.

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Paul says he doesn’t trust the group to pick the route that’s best for his municipality. He’s also worried about chatter from Jefferson City that state lawmakers might take a merger decision away from the city and county, and give it to the entire state to vote on.

Earlier this month, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson shared the stage at an event on the city-county boundary line backing further study.

But Stenger says he’s not ready to back an all-out merger, just a study for now, of how taxpayer money might be saved by eliminating some duplication of services.

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