CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A legislative panel studying a possible merger of St. Louis city and county governments meets Wednesday in Clayton to hear public testimony on the idea.
The Joint Interim Committee on St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area Governance and Taxation has a more straightforward mandate than its wordy name: help Missouri lawmakers determine whether combining the two governments into one makes fiscal and political sense.
The city of St. Louis acts as its own county. Merger proponents say a union could save taxpayers money and reduce government duplication.
Wednesday's hearing is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Louis County Council chambers in Clayton. Missouri House member Sue Allen, a Town and Country Republican who chairs the special committee, says the meeting will consist entirely of public testimony.
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