CLAYTON, Missouri — Regional leaders chose a symbolic location near the St. Louis city-county border to promote the latest effort to consider a local government merger.
The Missouri Council for a Better Economy sponsored the Tuesday afternoon meeting at a Clayton hotel to launch the Better Together project. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley were among the participants.
An effort to consolidate St. Louis and St. Louis County failed in 1926 when city voters approved a ballot measure but county voters did not. Four years later, Missouri voters rejected a statewide ballot initiative for reunification. Subsequent efforts fell shot in 1959 and again 1962.