"Mergers are like marriages. They bring together two distinct individuals. If you wouldn't marry someone for the 'operational efficiencies' they offer in the running of a household, then why would you combine two companies with unique cultures and identities for that reason?" ~ Simon Sinek
THE CITY/COUNTY MERGER HISTORY
1876 - The Great Divorce
Charter separates the City and Country. Freezes City’s boundaries to terminate costs of County expansion. Silent as to future boundary adjustments. Iniative fails.
1924 - General Election
Two Ballot Measures 1.Amend Constitution (I)Consolidate City & County into single legal subdivision
2.Merger City-County a. Amend Constitution b. Amend City Charter c. Adopt new Charter
Amend Constitution: City/County Vote: Missouri Constitution adopted Article VI §30 provides three methods to the people of the City and County to adjust their boundaries, all of which effectively merge the County into the City. "The people of the City of St. Louis and the people of the County of St. Louis shall have power"
City Rule: To consolidate the governments of the City and County into one political subdivision under control of the City; County run by City: To extend the boundaries of the County within the city and consolidate County government with the City, and the City takes over;
3. City Annexes County:To enlarge the limits of the City by annexing the County - City given exclusive jurisdiction over the County
All above require a vote of the people of the City and County for approval. Article VI §30(b)… election officials shall cause separate elections in city and county on day fixed by freeholders and submitted to qualified voters.
Passed statewide vote! 55.3% YES
1930 - 2nd Vote
An amendment to establish a new government known as the City of Greater St. Louis voted on by the City and County – and defeated
I County run by City
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