St. George residents vote to dissolve town

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | 8:15 a.m. CST; updated 11:42 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ST. GEORGE — A cash-strapped, scandal-plagued St. Louis County town is going away.

Residents of St. George voted 345-128 on Tuesday to dissolve the town of 1,300 residents. St. Louis County will handle police duties, street repairs and other operations.

Mayor Carmen Wilkerson has said that dissolving the town is a far cheaper alternative for residents because the only way the city could afford to upgrade roads would be to raise municipal taxes, creating an additional tax liability of about $1,500 per homeowner. By comparison, allowing the county to take over would mean an extra $15 per year, and less for seniors.

St. George's police department also was the focus of scandals in recent years.

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