Metro St. Louis

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Description
Creating a metropolitan St. Louis would replicate the steps that Nashville took in 1963 and that Louisville took in 2003. The City would re-enter the County. Additionally a limited number public services would be lifted to a county-wide level in order to strengthen the economy, provide minimum standards, and ensure greater community safety in terms of emergency services.

 Basics

  • The City of St. Louis re-enters the County.
  • This re-entry creates two new County Council Districts for a total of nine.
  • The public health department of the City would join that of the County to be in accordance with state law.
  • The County level positions of the City of St. Louis disappear.
  • The 43 Fire Protection Districts would be organized into nine main wards with appropriate sub-districts.
  • The 57 police departments would be organized into nine main precincts with appropriate sub-districts.
  • Business regulation and taxing would be driven at the district level.
  • 91 municipalities responsible for public works and parks and zoning.

 Similar to:

  • Louisville
  • Nashville

 Benefits

  • Signal to the rest of the world that St. Louis is a world-class region.
  • Coordinated Public Health Efforts and increased grant competitiveness
  • Eliminate redundant county level positions in the City creating savings and reigning patronage job positions.
  • Future Incremental and gradual changes made more feasible.
  • Stronger political representation in Jefferson City.
  • St. Louis City contributes to the sales tax pool.
  • Municipalities remain untouched as well as their services.
  • Provision of a standing HAZMAT unit to the County.
  • Mutual recognition of validity of police and fire academies between the City and County.
  • Effective allocation of professionalized policing services leading to greater crime prevention and response.
  • Effective allocation of professionalized fire protection services ensuring greater safety standards and reaching national response times.
  • Foster greater collaboration on projects like mass transit.

Limitations

  • Fights over the earnings tax will continue as usual.
  • Fights over sales tax distribution continue as usual.
  • Does not address Tax Increment Financing shuffling.
  • Some municipal services may still miss realizing economies of scale.

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