Developing a UniGov would launch St. Louis ahead of many other cities in creating one of the most dynamic and innovative systems of government. In a globalized world a UniGov system would protect against internal competition and promote regional interests as a unified front.
- The City of St. Louis re-enters the County.
- St. Louis County becomes 1 Large City-County.
- The public health department of the City would join that of the County to be in accordance with state law.
- The 43 Fire Protection Districts would be organized into 6-12 township wards with appropriate sub-districts.
- The 57 police departments would be organized into 6-12 township precincts with appropriate sub-districts.
- Business regulation and taxing would be driven at the UniGov level.
- The Townships would consist of 1 Executive and 5-9 alderman.
- Only 6-12 Townships would exist.
- Citizens would elect a UniGov Mayor by popular vote.
- St. Louis becomes the 8th largest city in America.
- 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.
- Provision of a standing HAZMAT unit to the County.
- Mutual recognition of validity of police and fire academies between the City and County.
- Foster greater collaboration on projects like mass transit.
- Central point of contact for prospective Fortune 500 companies to contact.
- Regional and broadened scope to economic development.
- Strong and visibility oversight of Tax Increment Financing
- Readily available and professionalized data concerning financial spending and reporting.
- Less visibility of elected officials for residents.
- Long transition process of syncing services and departments region wide.
- Infighting over sales taxes.