Better Together Proposal

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In January, Better Together STL released their plan to merge the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.  The plan states that a new class of city, known as the Metropolitan City, will be created and all existing municipalities within St. Louis County, including Clayton, will be dissolved into municipal districts. The proposal, which will likely appear on the November 2020 ballot, is an amendment to the Missouri Constitution and will require a state-wide vote.

If passed in November 2020, the plan will become effective on January 1, 2021. The transition period will take approximately two years with full implementation beginning in January 2023. During the transition, existing St. Louis County Officials will become the Interim Mayor, Prosecutor, and Assessor. The Mayor of St. Louis will become the Transitional Mayor and will work jointly with the Interim Mayor. The first elections for Metro Mayor, Prosecutor, Assessor, and the Metropolitan City Council will be held in November 2022.

Read the original plan (January 2019) here. Since January, two amendments have been made to the original plan. The March 2019 amendment can be viewed here and the February 2019 amendment can be viewed here.

 What will the Metropolitan City look like?

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Form of Government: Strong Mayor
    • What does this mean?
      • The Mayor appoints all department heads and all members of boards and commissions.
      • The Mayor will appoint at least four deputy mayors:
        • Deputy Mayor for Public Health and Safety
        • Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Innovation
        • Deputy Mayor for Community Development and Housing
        • Deputy Mayor for Community Engagement and Equity
      • Mayor will have line-item veto authority over the budget.
    • 33 Council Members will be elected by sub-district
      • Subdistricts will consist of approximately 40,000 residents.
      • Each Council Member will have at least two full-time staff members.
  • Authority/Responsibilities:
    • Police, law enforcement, and municipal courts
    • Transportation, infrastructure, and Public Works
    • Economic Development
    • Zoning and Subdivision regulations
    • Public health, safety, and general welfare
    • Licensing, taxation and regulation of businesses, occupations, professions and activities
    • All traditional county functions
    • Ability to eliminate municipal districts by ordinance
  • Funding:
    • Sales Tax
    • Property Tax
    • Utility Tax

 What will Clayton look like under this plan?

  • Population: N/A
  • Form of Government: Municipal District of Metropolitan City
    • What does this mean?
      • Mayor and Board of Aldermen will serve in the capacity of the Plan Commission and Board of Adjustment for the Metropolitan City and will make recommendations to the Metropolitan City Council. Final zoning decisions will be made by the Metropolitan City.
  • Authority/Responsibilities:
    • Fire, EMS, and related services
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Trash and Recycling
    • Outstanding debt obligations
  • Funding:
    • Property Tax
    • Utility Tax


 Additional Information

  • Clayton’s budget will be approved by the Metropolitan City Council.
  • The Metropolitan City Council has the authority to adjust funding source of municipal districts, including utility and property taxes.
  • The Metropolitan City has authority to eliminate the municipal districts.



Additional information:

Better Together STL

Municipal League of Metro St. Louis