Chesterfield threatens to secede from St. Louis County

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - Chesterfield city leaders are upset about the way sales tax is distributed in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Bob Nation said he wants the constitutionality of the system to be looked at and if nothing changes the city would consider seceding from St. Louis County.

He said the city pays the County about 56 percent of all sales tax generated.

He also added that the city "needs" the money to pay its bills.

The city has experienced a jump in sales tax revenue since two outlet malls were open.

City leaders hope state lawmakers change the system, but at this point no action has been taken.

22 comments

  • Cit Riverview

    If I could vote for it,I would. I don’t see Dooley being beat in the next election. This move by Chesterfield is their answer to the problem of the incompetents of Dooley. Those Low informational voters will come out in droves for Dooley.

  • morrow

    Chesterfield had better be careful talking that seceding stuff , or they could end up like the Ukraine. Dooley and his team might get all kinds of things going on in the city gov. to over throw the mayor.

  • Shawn McDonald

    This would be a phenomenally good move for the citizens of Chesterfield.

    Even if they switched to St. Charles, they could still be incorporated and get a better deal.

    I’m not entirely sure they have the infrastructure to go independent, but maybe. Maybe. After they build a courthouse and a jail and mechanations of government bureaucracies, I’m sure they’d come out ahead.

    For a while, anyway.

    Good luck, Chesterfield. The rest of us will miss your revenue. Mr. Hacks thinks he’s entitled to it. All the more reason to show him he’s not.

  • kerin corbett

    Gee, more whiney white rich folks complaining about having to share their excesses with others. If they pay that high a percentage of all sales taxes, that means they’re one of the few areas doing well enough for people to keep shopping. Step outside of your pampered community for a change, see how the rest of us live without carefully manicured highway exit ramp green-space, and roads with potholes like obstacle courses.

    • snewsom2997

      Other municipalities had their chance, they could have developed or redeveloped their lands, to keep the businesses or entice new businesses. They choose not to.

      Chesterfield floated a bond to improve the valley, then they made a tax structure that business wanted to come them and set up shop.

      Maybe if Wildwood or Clarkson Valley wanted to develop, they too could have some sales tax revenue.

      If Manchester, Ballwin, and Ellisville, would have improved their roads, maybe the business would have stayed, instead of being replaced, with liquor stores, gun stores, check cashing stores and empty storefronts.

      The people stopped shopping on Manchester, because the traffic on Manchester is horrible, 30-40 minutes, to go from Clarkson, to Mason, was not out of the ordinary 15 years ago. Now it is better, but only because there isn’t as much traffic because there isn’t as much retail.

      We are in competition, no sharing is required, your city is the way your city is because of how the citizens run that city the people they elect and the decisions that are made.

    • Mike

      Just wait until these rich people have to start paying St. Charles County’s excessive personal property tax rate on their Mercedes, Audis, Lexus and so on. They are in for a rude awakening let me tell you.

  • Matthew Ingmire

    Dooley is useless when it comes to County Government. He rather spend time at City events instead of helping the County he was elected to help. Come to think of it he can’t really help the County since his hand is in the cookie jar as well.

  • Ron Burgandy of Chesterfield

    “I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany…”

  • A.J.

    Oh please. And let them start paying for their own county roads and infrastructure that had to be built for their sprawl. In fact, just take everything outside of 270 and call it “Reagan County.”

  • CLEE

    Perhaps Chesterfield should have considered this before over-developing their flood plain. The market out there is saturated too much for any of those business to be sustainable.

  • Michael Margulis

    did this article say something about race that i missed or are black people not allowed in chesterfield?

    I don’t blame them, all their tax money goes into failed community’s in north county.

    as a black man that lives in st, Charles, i welcome their tax money.

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