The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis on Monday, September 23, said it submitted enough signatures to launch a Board of Freeholders process that could remake government in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
The Municipal League began its push for a Board of Freeholders in January when the Better Together campaign was proposing a merger plan that included a November 2020 statewide vote to approve a constitutional amendment creating a new "metropolitan city."
Better Together's plan collapsed after former County Executive Steve Stenger was indicted on federal corruption charges and resigned. He had figured prominently in the plan.
The 19-person Freeholders Board can submit to city and county voters a plan on changing the governments' structures, including a possible re-entry of the city into the county as a municipality. The board would have a year to do its work. Its meetings will be open to the public.
Municipal League Executive Director Pat Kelly said the board could meet within 45 days of the certification of the signatures, which he predicted would happen in October. Kelly also said if the board comes up with a plan to submit to voters, that election would likely come in the second half of 2021.