CLAYTON (KMOX) – The city of St. George is one step closer to becoming nothing more than a history lesson.
The town’s biggest claim to fame is likely a police officer’s vulgar run-in with a young motorist a few years ago. Since then, the police department has been disbanded and some city leaders launched an effort to take the town in the same direction.
St. Louis County elections officials this week certified signatures on a petition to dissolve the town, and all the measure needs now is a formal vote from the St. Louis County Council.
“We still have some work to do,” said Mayor Carmen Wilkerson, of convincing 60-percent of residents to vote ‘yes.’ Just above that percentage put their names on the petition.
The election, she said, would be held on November 8th.
County Council Chairman Steve Stenger said he supports the right of St. George voters to decide their own future.
Wilkerson is pushing for the end of her town because she says it’s so small it doesn’t have a reason — or the financial means — to exist.
The other side has alleged that taxes would rise and the neighborhood would lose its identity.
If residents so vote, the area would become just another stretch of unincorporated south St. Louis County.
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