CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Tensions had been excessive Monday night time in Creve Coeur when representatives from ‘Higher Collectively’ answered questions on their controversial plan to merge St. Louis County and Metropolis.Ã‚Â
It comes as ‘Higher Collectively’ estimates the plan might save St. Louis as a lot as $1 billion yearly by 2032.Ã‚Â
READ: ‘Higher Collectively’ Metropolis-County merger plan would make St. Louis ninth greatest metropolis in U.S.
Mayor Barry Glantz invited ‘Higher Collectively’ to talk and reply questions from Creve Coeur Metropolis Council. Roughly two dozen residents attended the assembly. Glantz says he’s overtly in opposition to the plan.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Individuals donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wish to see good governance, good police departments folded into a big Metro metropolis,” stated Glantz.
Regardless of his opposition, Glantz says he wished to offer Creve Coeur voters the chance to study extra concerning the plan and make an knowledgeable resolution.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve lengthy supported the concept of merging the county and metropolis however based mostly on what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard up to now, Higher Collectively simply doesn’t look like one of the best ways to deliver the town and county collectively,” stated Creve Coeur resident NedÃ‚Â Maniscalco.
He and his spouse say they like figuring out their mayor and police on a extra private foundation.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a espresso with the mayor as soon as a month the place everybody can are available in and speak and I believe youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to lose that if this goes by,” stated Linda Maniscalco.Ã‚Â
The council raised issues concerning the merger presumably forcing individuals to maneuver out of St. Louis to search out work and it going up for a statewide vote, that means even when everybody within the county and metropolis voted no, it might nonetheless move.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t suppose this can be a plan we designed for elected officers. I believe this can be a plan thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s designed for residents that dwell right here and so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m excited to have these conversations,” stated Jack Seigel, group organizer for Higher Collectively.
He says a statewide vote is important to make constitutional adjustments. He additionally argues this plan will encourage extra individuals to remain in St. Louis and companies to speculate.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“All of us agree that St Louis wants to vary and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m excited to spend the following few months speaking about how we’ve got an actual and actionable plan to get to that change and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t suppose anybody else has a plan for that,” stated Seigel.Ã‚Â
‘Higher Collectively’ representatives say they hope to go to as many cities as doable to debate the plan and reply questions. Creve Coeur is likely one of the first cities in St. Louis County to carry such a gathering.Ã‚Â