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BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) – St. Louis city and county may be weighing a possible merger, but at least one town in the county is opposed to it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Ballwin Board of Aldermen voted on Monday night to draft a resolution opposing the merger, with plans to send the resolution to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, County Executive Charlie Dooley and Better Together, the pro-merger group.

Ballwin Mayor Tim Pogue says he believes the reason for the merger is to “water down the crime statistics” and assist municipalities with financial difficulties.

While the resolution has been drafted, Ballwin aldermen must still approve it. It is on the agenda of the March 24 board meeting.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


  • ME

    The majority of people in Saint Louis County “DOES NOT” want a merger with the city of Saint Louis!!! Did you hear this??? What part of “NO” don’t you UNDERSTAND ??? The “N” or the “O” ???

  • Mark Fisher

    Residents in West County get an education, work hard, abide by the law, and pay a boat-load of taxes for nice schools and public amenities. That’s why people moved there. I don’t think many people want to share that with those who don’t.

  • Ed Golterman

    The Arch is a ‘curious’ visual to accompany this article.. For the most part it has not ‘performed very well over its first 50 and about $400 million is being spent to prepare it for its ‘next’ 50. And what it has done for St. Louis county is strip the Riverfront of places for entertainment. The City has to bring something big to the table, not just ‘guilt trips’ and keep this out of Jefferson City, this is not a matter for state legislators and the people of Missouri.

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