St. Louis Would Get New Government Entity in Better Together Plan

By on January 4, 2019

From St. Louis Business Journal:  The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County would be combined under a new entity via a sweeping plan to remake government in the region.

The Better Together task force, backed by Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Steve Stenger, is set to reveal the proposed changes next month.

But several people briefed on the plan, which could change, outlined its contents to the Business Journal.

They said:

  • Better Together would fund an operation to get signatures for a Constitutional amendment with the goal of placing it on a statewide ballot in November 2020. It would be promoted by a multimillion-dollar “yes” campaign, directed by Democratic operative Nancy Rice and financed by index-fund pioneer Rex Sinquefield and others, and all Missouri residents would get a say. If a majority of voters approve the amendment, within five or six weeks all current government offices in the city and county would be suspended and a transitional government would take over for about 15 months, pending elections.
  • A new governmental entity — with a new charter — would be created in place of the current city of St. Louis and St. Louis County structures. It would encompass the current city and county land mass. The government would be based in downtown St. Louis.
  • Elected officials would include: one mayor, one prosecuting attorney, one assessor and 33 council members.

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