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Slay Says He'll Vote Against 1 of 4 Charter Changes

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city should keep the Board of Aldermen intact.

One of the four charter reform proposals on the November ballot would cut the number of seats from 28 to 15.

Slay was Aldermanic President before becoming mayor. He says he'll vote 'yes' on the first three issues, but 'no' on the one to shrink the Board of Aldermen.

"To me, that isn't the biggest issue," Slay said. "The number of aldermen is not the biggest issue. And if that one didn't pass, it certainly wouldn't be anything that I don't think would impact our day to day operations to any great degree. So, from my standpoint, that is the least important of all of the things, and I've said that in the past."

Other proposals include giving the mayor more control over the city budget, and the power to appoint so-called county officeholders.

Most aldermen are opposed to all four ballot measures.

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