City-county merger

Primary Election 2014
10:09 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Candidates Shy Away From Backing City-County Union

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Talk about ending the "Great Divorce" between St. Louis and St. Louis County has churned on for years. But discussions have heated up in recent months.

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TIFs
7:01 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Better Together's Economic Development Report Examines TIF Use

Credit Courtesy of Better Together

A group studying the potential for a merger between St. Louis and St. Louis County released a report on regional economic development policy Wednesday. 

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.

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City-County Merger
5:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Lugar: Combining Governments Can Bring New Life To Urban Communities

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, speaks on Friday at St. Louis University Law School. Lugar was the keynote speaker at a conference about merging St. Louis with St. Louis County.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Monday, March 3, 2014 to include audio from St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar remembers a time when his home city was described by travel writers as “Indianapolis No Place.” 

When the Indiana Republican became mayor of Indianapolis in the 1960s, the city was mired in a “mediocre, flat situation.” He said it received “very little interest to anybody outside who was not involved parochially.”   

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City-County Merger
2:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Combination Can Invigorate A Region, Lugar Tells Conference On City-County Merger

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, speaks at a St. Louis University Law School symposium on whether to merge St. Louis City with St. Louis County.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 1:30 p.m. on Friday)

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar says bringing local governments can strengthen the health – and brighten the future -- of urban communities. 

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.

Lugar says merging the two governments had skeptics. But he says it attracted jobs, sports teams and tourists – and reinvigorated civic life.

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Politics & Issues
2:08 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Critics of City-County Merger Launch Effort To Block It

Opponents of any sort of city-county merger say they are organizing to block the effort.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

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.

“We’re truly grassroots,’’ said spokeswoman Jennifer Bird. “We’re not funded by a billionaire.’’

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