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Better Together task force to reveal plans for unification of St. Louis City and County

Although the Better Together Task Force has not yet finalized its report (expected to be released in January 2019), a St. Louis Business Journal article predicts that, according to sources, the report will propose the creation of a new governmental entity based in downtown St. Louis and consisting of the current city and county land mass. The article also states that the new government would replace the current city of St. Louis and St. Louis County governments. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that although St. Louis County’s 88 municipalities, their officials and legislative bodies “would still exist,” they would “lose the ability to collect most sales taxes, [or] have their own police departments and courts.” The article reports that an operation will begin soon to collect signatures for a Missouri Constitutional amendment with the goal of placing it on a statewide ballot in November 2020. To read more, see Jacob Kirn, Goodbye, city and county: St. Louis would get new government entity in Better Together plan, St. Louis Bus. J., December 28, 2018.

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