Better Together http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Better Together's Economic Development Report Examines TIF Use http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/better-togethers-economic-development-report-examines-tif-use <p>A group studying the potential for a merger between St. Louis and St. Louis County released a report on regional economic development policy Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Among other things, Better Together’s 31-page report examines tax increment financing (TIF) in the city and the county. While the report emphasizes that some TIFs have been beneficial to municipalities, the study contends that the widespread use of TIFs is pitting municipalities against each other.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:01:10 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36140 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Better Together's Economic Development Report Examines TIF Use As City-County Merger Study Unfolds, Some Municipal Leaders Are Speaking Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-county-merger-study-unfolds-some-municipal-leaders-are-speaking-out <p>Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is no stranger to fighting city hall.</p><p>At this point last year, <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/30680/ellisville_impeachment_update_050113" target="_blank">Paul was clawing his way back into office</a> after a high-profile – and at-times bizarre – impeachment saga. Despite an intense and expensive effort from his political adversaries to remove him, Paul eventually kept his job as mayor. His town has generally been out of the headlines ever since.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 03:19:59 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum & Nora Ibrahim 35922 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As City-County Merger Study Unfolds, Some Municipal Leaders Are Speaking Out Is Smaller Better? Multitude Of Municipalities Plays Into City-County Merger Debate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/smaller-better-multitude-municipalities-plays-city-county-merger-debate <p>Greendale is home to about 700 people in north St. Louis County. The primarily residential community features stately brick houses along seven, well-maintained streets. The town’s city hall consists of two rooms inside an office building. It contracts with nearby Normandy for police service. Its big-ticket expenditures include cleaning streets and trimming trees.</p><p>Charlie Giraud found a lot to like. He’s lived in bigger St. Louis County municipalities like Ballwin and University City. He appreciated Greendale’s friendly neighbors, racial diversity and close-knit community.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:54:13 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35480 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is Smaller Better? Multitude Of Municipalities Plays Into City-County Merger Debate Combination Can Invigorate A Region, Lugar Tells Conference On City-County Merger http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/combination-can-invigorate-region-lugar-tells-conference-city-county-merger <p><strong>(Updated 1:30 p.m. on Friday)</strong></p><p>Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar says bringing local governments can strengthen the health – and brighten the future -- of urban communities.&nbsp;</p><p>The Indiana Republican was the keynote speaker for a St. Louis University Law School symposium on merging St. Louis and St. Louis County. He was a key figure in banding together city of Indianapolis with Marion County in the 1970s.</p><p>Lugar says merging the two governments had skeptics. But he says it attracted jobs, sports teams and tourists – and reinvigorated civic life.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:50:37 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34042 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Combination Can Invigorate A Region, Lugar Tells Conference On City-County Merger Better Together? St. Louis City And County Look At Reuniting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/better-together-st-louis-city-and-county-look-reuniting <p>A new coalition called Better Together launched an effort today Tuesday to study whether St. Louis city and county should re-unite.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet coalition members were quick to explain they’re not advocating for a merger.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:09:20 +0000 Maria Altman 31574 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Better Together? St. Louis City And County Look At Reuniting