ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The number of municipalities in St. Louis County could shrink by one as two north county communities will decide on Election Day whether or not to merge.
If they do, it would be the county's first consolidation in modern history. St. Louis County has come under criticism over the last few years for its municipal structure. There are 90 cities, towns, and villages.
A simple majority is needed in both Vinita Park and the Village of Vinita Terrace to authorize the consolidation. Vinita Terrace has fewer than 300 residents. That community would become the 4th Ward in Vinita Park. Residents there would see a slight increase in their property tax, according to village chairperson Dan Clasby. However, Vinita Park has a larger commercial tax base and provides trash pick-up at no cost.
"Our residents pay for their own trash pick-up, so at the end of the year our people will actually save money," Clasby said.
Vinita Park Mayor James McGee said it’s “a win-win situation for both communities." He noted his city is already providing services under contract for Vinita Terrace including police service, mosquito spraying, and street sweeping.