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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Archive for the tag “government merger”

Merger of Governments in St. Louis County

There has been quite a lot of talk recently about merging governments in the St. Louis region. There is a proposal led by Better Together to have a statewide vote on the issue, putting all the communities in St. Louis County into one government. This has fostered a statement by local government leaders to develop their own plan.

I believe the fragmented governmental structure of the region is so poisonous to our development that something needs to be done. I don’t know if one government is the answer but we need to eliminate all the small inefficient units of government. Written by Paul Dribin

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Government Merger

I applaud the efforts of leaders in our community who are advocating a city/county merger. It is hard for me to imagine how we could be hurt by such an effort. We are wasting billions of dollars structured the way we are 

Equally important is the merger of the various municipalities and taxing authorities in our region. Some of these communities exist primarily off ticket revenue. This level of disfunction has increased the likelihood of racial profiling. Indeed African Americans have been hurt most by this structute. It troubles me that African American communities have resisted change

Short of complete merger how about a combining of functions. Unified police,fire, and recreation departments come to mind 

I am reminded of the adage, no system is do broken someone doesn’t like it the way it is

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