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ELLISVILLE, MO (AP) – A second St. Louis County town may soon officially oppose the idea of a merger of St. Louis city and county.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Ellisville City Council met for a work session on Wednesday and Mayor Adam Paul asked the city staff to write a resolution similar to one passed recently in Ballwin, opposing the merger. The council could vote on the resolution at a meeting on April 16.

Paul says he believes the merger would lower the quality of services in Ellisville, and raise the cost.

St. Louis city is unique in Missouri as the only city that is not part of a county. Top city and county officials say a merger would help end duplication of services.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

4 comments

  • Mark Hill

    I’ve said it before when Ballwin objected to the merger and I’ll say it again. West County residents get an education, get good jobs, obey the law, and pay a bunch in property taxes. In exchange, they are entitled to live in safe neighborhoods with good schools. Now the city wants county residents to share the result of their productivity and success with them. What’s in it for West County? If a merger happens, the 1 percent money grab from those lucky people who work in the city will end, placing even more of a financial burden on the county to make up the difference.

  • Jerry W Scantlan

    Millions of dollars wasted in duplicaion of administrations that could be better used for schools and police.

    • Joe Richter

      County resdients don’t want to pay for the city’s police and schools as they are already paying for their own.

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