Merging St. Louis city and county: Why now?

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(KTVI)-The city of St. Louis withdrew from St. Louis County in 1876. Now, a new move is afoot for the city to re-enter the county as a municipality, the same as Chesterfield or Florissant. That would eliminate several city bureaucracies, like the city sheriff and the city collector, and it could save tax dollars.

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A few people want even more. They want a unitary government, where the city and county merge and all individual towns in the county are eliminated. There would be one municipal government, one police department, one fire department. Indianapolis uses this model.

But for now, the idea is much more modest: get the city back as part of the county. The latest group to champion this idea is called Better Together. Executive Director Nancy Rice sat down with Charles Jaco to talk about the organization and about why this idea has again resurfaced.  Rice served as senior aide and political director for Vincent C. Schoemehl during his three terms as Mayor of St. Louis.

There is a group working to prevent a City-County merger. They have a Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/stopthecitycountymerger

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