The membership of the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis voted Thursday in favor of supporting a merger between St. Louis city and St. Louis County.
However, the vote to endorse the merger was not unanimous. Some in attendance at the Municipal League’s meeting spoke out against the merger, saying it was an effort to bring down the city’s high crime rate by joining it with the county.
Barry Glantz, president of the Municipal League and mayor of Creve Coeur, said he expected to hear some push back from members but that the league wants to move the conversation about a potential merger forward.
Keith Krieg, mayor of Frontenac and chair of the City Re-Entry Committee, said a merger is key to the region’s economic health. He said the next step in the process is working to engage city and county officials.