Critics Launch Effort To Block St. Louis City-County Merger

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Opponents of a city-county merger in St. Louis have announced a new group to fight ballot measures that would join City Hall with the county. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Some opponents of the effort to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County have announced a new group – Common Sense for St. Louis – to fight any sort of ballot measure.

Supporters of ending the division of local governments, which include some politicians, civic activists and corporate leaders, say one of the options would be to allow the city to re-enter the county as another municipality. Such a plan would require approval by voters in the city and the county; so far, backers don’t appear to be planning to broach the idea to voters in 2014. Other opponents include the St. Louis County Republican Party.

Supporters say the effort would improve the region’s effectiveness and elevate its national stature, while also reducing costs by ending duplicative services and offices. So far, Common Sense for St. Louis only has a few dozen members, and about 16 activists, a spokeswoman said.

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