What’s Next?

MCBE sees these studies as critical to spurring community discussion.

Saint Louis Mayor and Board of Aldermen:

The PFM study outlines more than a dozen alternative revenue sources and several opportunities for cost improvement. Those should be seen as a starting point for discussion by the city’s political leaders. It’s crucial that the political leaders create an open dialogue that includes a variety of groups. In addition, the city officials need to be open-minded about working with county political leaders to provide more efficient services. If no changes are made the city faces a $420 million deficit in five years. City-county cooperation is a necessary component of addressing the structural budget gap.

Saint Louis County Executive and County Council: The county faces its own financial difficulties, as outlined in the PFM study on city-county cooperation. County Council members should embrace changes that could help save millions each year by working with the city to make many operations more efficient. Indeed, many of the options outlined in the PFM can be utilized between the county and other cities in St. Louis County.

The public and business community: Regional cooperation and economic growth cannot happen without the input and, in some cases, consent of a variety groups and individuals. While PFM has outlined dozens of options for replacing the earnings tax and for city-county cooperation, there certainly are other possibilities. MCBE encourages business leaders and citizens to step forward with their ideas and participate in the discussion.

If you have any ideas, or would like to participate in a community dialogue, please fill out the form below: