To the Editor:
St. Louis County residents are fearful they will be required to bail out St. Louis City if a merger of St. Louis City and St. Louis County would occur. Even allowing St. Louis City to enter St. Louis County would negatively affect St. Louis County residents.
A wealthy individual named Rex Sinquefield, through his organizations [Pelopidas, LLC; Better Together; Missouri Council for a Better Economy; and others], is determined to merge St. Louis City and St. Louis County. He is dissatisfied with the requirement that a majority of qualified voters in the city and a majority of voters in the county must approve any change in their current relationship. It is important to note that Rex Sinquefield’s organization Better Together is supposedly conducting a study to determine whether combining St. Louis City and St. Louis County would be better than the current status. However, their name demonstrates that they already concluded it would “be better for them” before they even began their study.
He and his organizations are proposing to have the Missouri legislature change the Missouri Constitution to provide for a statewide vote rather than a city and county majority vote to alter their future relationships. To have voters in Kansas City, Joplin, Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Hannibal and other outstate places decide on the future of the St. Louis metropolitan area is unfair to the St. Louis metropolitan area voters. There have been five attempts to change the city/county relationships, and all have failed. Mr. Sinquefield knows that unless he can change the Missouri Constitution to provide for a statewide vote, any new proposal will fail. St. Louis County residents need to contact their state senators and state representatives and express their opposition to any change to permit a statewide vote on such an important St. Louis metropolitan area issue.
Edward J. Hamm