The proposal would allow local mayors and council members to remain in place. New “municipal districts” that would replace cities like Webster Groves and Bel-Nor could continue to raise utility and property taxes, operate parks and recreation, collect trash and recycling and directing building and zoning. But they would lose their authority over roads, courts, police and economic development.
The region’s fire and school districts would not be affected.
The plan is being written by a five-member task force of prominent business and academic leaders. The recommendations are based on ideas raised through public forums, the Ferguson Commission report, a report on segregation in St. Louis, and Better Together’s own research.
Better Together has briefed dozens of business and civic leaders in recent weeks, and it says most are supportive. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger are on record supporting the effort, as are some business leaders.