The Pulse of St. Louis: The cost of government in St. Louis City & County

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(KPLR) - A new study conducted by Better Together compared the budgets of St. Louis, Missouri to Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana and discovered St. Louis overpaid for municipal services by at least $750 million a year. Results show the per capital cost to fund municipal services in St. Louis City and County is $1,918.93, compared to $1,328.40 in Indianapolis.

What do these numbers mean to you and your family? Find out on The Pulse Of St. Louis.

  • Results Of The Study And Reaction To The Report
  • What’s Next In Implementing Aspects Of Report
  • Viewer Comments
  • Final Panel Thoughts

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  • Buck Green

    Saint Louis still has that idiotic Neighborhood Stabilization Program which replicates services of other city agencies. That is where a lot of the waste is going.

  • Nick Kasoff

    If you believe that Better Together has the right answer, you’ve a sucker. They say the answer is to merge the city into the county. Well, the city spends $3,156 per resident. By comparison, Ellisville spent just $1,056. So the way I see it, the only people who will benefit from “Together” are the ones in the city, who will find ways to offload their costs onto county residents. In fact, here’s what they’d do if they were really smart: Get the city-county merger passed, then disincorporate. Now, everything in the city is the responsibility of the county, and the costs will be paid by all of us.

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