Municipal mayors fight back against merger talk

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Steve Stenger.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Some small-town mayors in north St. Louis County are fighting back against calls to merge or dissolve that have increased since the fatal Ferguson police shooting.

Advocates of municipal court reform suggest that some towns and villages in the county and elsewhere in Missouri may not survive if state lawmakers successfully lower the cap on how much revenue local governments can keep from traffic court fines.

But KWMU-FM reports that several North County mayors spoke out against municipal consolidation at a recent St. Louis County Council meeting presided over by new County Executive Steve Stenger, who says he favors such a move.

Cool Valley Mayor Viola Murphy told Stenger and the county council that small municipalities are better able to represent taxpayers and voters.

Information from: KWMU-FM,