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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.