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, and Assessor will be held in November 2024 and the first elections for the Metropolitan City Council will be held in November 2022.
Read the original plan (January 2019) can be viewed here and the amendment (February 2019) 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.
Police, law enforcement, and municipal courts
Transportation, infrastructure, and Public Works
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
What will Clayton look like under this plan?
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.
Fire, EMS, and related services
Parks and Recreation
Trash and Recycling
Outstanding debt obligations
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.