Choice quote from the Mayor of Webster Groves:
But Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch, a trained economist, remained dubious about the processing analysis of the data accumulated by Better Together. When it comes to consolidation, Welch moreover believes the numbers, whatever they might reveal, may prove to be secondary to a larger overriding issue.
“Local communities provide choice and diversity,” Welch said. “People love their communities and make choices to spend money for more police, parks and other services. And when you lump everything together (through consolidation) you lose what makes St. Louis rich — the ability to make our own choices.”
The inaccuracies in this thought process irks me. And the true colors of the county municipalities is going to be published more frequently now that the pot is being strirred (again).
See, this is easy, Webster thinks it is already part of what makes St. Louis rich. They just don't want to consolidate or cooperate (economically or politically) with that other St. Louis to the east. Win win for them, they are already part of their subjective version of "St. Louis"...why would they want to be PART of the real St. Louis.
This fight in the county is going to get crazy.
For the record, I think consolidation makes sense and am all for a KC, Indy, Louisville style merger. Something has got to change.