CHESTERFIELD • After voting earlier this year to leave the organization, the Chesterfield City Council voted 7-0 on Monday to rejoin the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis. The city will pay annual dues of $7,122 for the league’s 2016-2017 fiscal year.
After Mayor Bob Nation, in February of this year, said he was frustrated that the organization in effect had worked against the city’s interests in regard to sales tax distribution, the council voted not to pay its 2015-2016 dues to the then-named St. Louis County Municipal League.
However, on Monday, Nation said he recommended rejoining the league “for a seat at the table and to be aware of what’s going on,” especially since Gov. Jay Nixon on July 1 signed legislation that changes the law to open up the St. Louis County pool sales tax allocation and let some cities like Chesterfield keep more of the revenue that they generate into the pool.
“If we don’t find value in the league, we can revisit this decision in future years,” Nation said. “In the end, the league did not work against us over passage of the sales tax legislation.”
Councilman Barry Flachsbart said he felt, earlier this year, the league “was fighting us actively on the sales tax legislation – but it’s important now that we rejoin the league and get them redirected in a positive direction.”
Flachsbart added the league provides survey information from its member cities on topics such as employee salaries, “and that data is sometimes very valuable.” League officials can also answer a city’s questions about issues such as ordinance language, he said.
“These are little things, but they add up to a good experience,” Flachsbart said.
Some council members suggested the membership should be put up for a vote annually.
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