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Municipal League to formally oppose Better Together this month

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The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis will formally resolve at its March meeting against the advocacy group Better Together’s proposed plan to merge St. Louis, St. Louis County and all 88 county municipalities.

The 100-year old lobbying group, which represents area municipalities, has already come out publicly against the consolidation. Its members argue that Better Together’s plan for a state constitutional amendment, which requires a statewide vote, circumvents the will of local voters.

League President Norman McCourt of Black Jack said the league has now examined Better Together’s proposal and its March resolution will contain specific objections.

The league is gathering signatures to force St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger to nominate members to a Board of Freeholders, which could contemplate government reorganization, but requires votes only in St. Louis city and county.

Multiple municipal councils have in recent weeks resolved against Better Together’s plan and in favor of the board of freeholders.

David Hunn • 314-340-8121

@davidhunn on Twitter

dhunn@post-dispatch.com

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