Today/Wednesday: Voter Registration Deadline for April Sewer District Rate Hike Election

register-to-voteSt. Louis County and St. Louis City voters will go to the polls April 7th to vote on a Rate Hike proposed by Metropolitan Sewer District to fund a $500 Million Bond Issue. In St. Louis City, this is a Special Election, no other ballot issues or candidates are on the ballot. In St. Louis County, this is a Municipal General Election.

Voter Registration for this election ends March 11, 2020.

Absentee Voting for this election begins March 11, 2020.

Last Day To Request Absentee Ballot By Mail is March 25, 2020.

The April 7th ballot issue does not directly say a rate hike is involved. You have to know that “To comply with federal and state clean water requirements, shall The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) issue its sewer revenue bonds… to be payable solely from the revenues derived by MSD from the operation of its wastewater sewer system” means Rate Hike. Previous Rate Hikes also did not say Rate Hike.

Sample Ballot

MSD’s ballot issue campaigns are run by Stenger-saga and St. Louis City and County Prop P (sales tax hike for police) consultant The Kelley Group. The new ballot issue campaign committee is named “Campaign for Clean Water STL.” The first major donor to this MSD campaign was $35,000 from SAK, a pipeline contractor in O’Fallon, Missouri. You might remember SAK from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s “After controversial MSD vote, winners donated more than $150,000 to Stenger campaign” story.

Previous Metropolitan Sewer District ballot issues:

April 2, 2019: City and County voters rejected an impervious surface charge proposal by MSD

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $900 Million Bond Issue

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve $0.10 property tax hike proposal by MSD

June 5, 2012: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $945 Million Bond Issue

August 5, 2008: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $275 Million Bond Issue

Also See…

1/31/2019: Info on MSD Consent Decree @ Missouri Coalition for the Environment

4/30/2012 St. Louis Public RadioFederal judge approves MSD consent decree

12/12/2003 St. Louis Post-DispatchMSD must find new way to raise money after Missouri Supreme Court ruling


Tuesday Board Of Freeholders Meeting. Sorta.

citycountymap2The City’s Board of Aldermen has not taken action on Mayor Lyda Krewson’s nominees to the St. Louis City-County Board of Freeholders. But the County’s Freeholders- County Executive Sam Page’s confirmed appointments- plus Governor Mike Parson’s appointee, required by Missouri Constitution, constitute a quorum on the 9 + 9 + 1 board. They meet Tuesday. It will be the first meeting of the board.

10 am Tuesday, November 12, 2019
St. Louis City-County Board of Freeholders Meeting
City Board of Aldermen Chambers, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (who may sit in the Gallery)

City Calendar Meeting Notice

St. Louis City-County Board of Freeholders News Feed (contains news articles, information on Freeholders/process, and St. Louis County Charter Commission)

CANCELLED. Mayor’s Freeholders might get confirmed Today/Wednesday

citycountymap2See St. Louis Post-Dispatch story on Cancellation.

Deadline for confirmation by Board of Aldermen of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s 9 Board of Freeholder Nominees is Today/Wednesday.

Last Night/Tuesday, St. Louis County Council confirmed 8 of 9 Nominees made by County Executive Sam Page. The 9th Nominee has been out of the country and not available for a vetting meeting with County Council. She will likely be confirmed next week.

Under Missouri Constitution, Governor appoints 19th Freeholder, someone from outside City and County. Yesterday, Governor Mike Parson appointed someone who lives in Jefferson County but owns property and works at a law firm in St. Louis County. I don’t think that embraces the spirit of the constitutional provision- someone without a vested interest in outcome of Freeholders, someone neutral.

The hold up in City on confirmation is representation of North City on the Freeholders Board. Of the Mayor’s 9 Nominees, only one resides in North City.

The Mayor’s Nominees were sent to Board of Aldermen’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. It met once to vet Nominees and has meet twice to deliberate and vote on Nominees. No vote has taken place. The fourth meeting is today.

2:30 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Meeting on Mayor’s Nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders Meeting Notice/Agenda

Also scheduled for a special meeting today is the Full Board of Aldermen. The Full Board has its regularly scheduled meetings on Fridays, except when Friday is a holiday weekend.

If Intergovernmental Affairs Committee does not approve the Mayor’s Nominees, there may be a move to bypass the Committee and bring the Nominees to floor for vote by Full Board. Whether they can do that legally is in question. Board of Aldermen Rules provide a mechanism to remove “bills” from committees and bring them to Full Board without approval by committee. But nominations by Mayor are not bills. There is no bill sponsor or document other than letter from Mayor announcing her nominee.

4 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Board of Aldermen
Meeting Agenda includes Mayor’s Nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders Meeting Notice/Agenda

Board of Freeholders background information
News archive since 11/2018 on Freeholders and County Charter Commission
Freeholder-related meeting information
may be found at the St. Louis City-County Board of Freeholders News Feed

Tuesday-Wednesday City & County Meetings on Board of Freeholders Nominees

citycountymap24 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019
St. Louis County Council
Meeting on County Executive Sam Page’s nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders
Meeting Notice/Agenda
Open to the Public

11:30 am Wednesday, October 16, 2019
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Meeting to (maybe) vote on Mayor Lyda Krewsons nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders
Meeting Notice/Agenda
Open to the Public
Video of Committee’s previous meeting with Nominees

Lots of information on Board of Freeholders & News Archive 

Tuesday Rex Sinquefield Meeting

rexcMake your voice heard against forced re-entry of St. Louis City (and it’s tax dollars, including Prop P money) into St. Louis County

6:30 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Better Together’s City-County Governance Task Force
City-County Governance Town Hall
O’Fallon Park YMCA, 4343 W Florissant
Event webpage

7th Ward Sanders & Clinton Supporters, Please Attend Thursday Meeting

7th Ward Democratic Party Delegate Selection Meeting
7:oo pm Thursday, April 7th
You must there by 7:30 pm to participate
South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S 7th, Soulard

Election of
2 Hillary Clinton Delegates
2 Hillary Clinton Alternates
1 Bernie Sanders Delegate
1 Bernie Sanders Alternate

This meeting is open to the public.

Participate in this Meeting if you are interested in…

  • Electing or observing the election of Delegates and Alternates to 1st Congressional District Convention.
  • Attending April 28th Missouri Democratic Party 1st Congressional District Convention (at UMSL JC Penny Building) as an Observer or Delegate/Alternate to elect Delegates/Alternates to Democratic National Convention. The 1st Congressional District (St. Louis City + North St. Louis County) will elect 5 Male Delegates, 5 Female Delegates and 5 Male Alternates, 5 Female Alternates, all apportioned as pledged to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders based on the March 15th Presidential Primary vote.
  • Attending June 18th Missouri State Democratic Convention (location TBA) as a Delegate/Alternate to elect Delegates At-Large to Democratic National Convention and vote on other Party matters including Resolutions.
  • Attending July 25-29 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as a Delegate or Delegate-At-Large.

Caucus Participation and Delegate/Alternate Requirements:
+ At Least 18 Years of Age by October 12, 2016
+ Registered Voter in Missouri
+ A Democrat and a member of no other political party
+ Must sign Party Registration and Declaration Statement
At no time is a participant required to pay any party dues.

Additional Delegate/Alternate Requirements
+ Must sign Pledge of Support Form
+ Must be responsible for your own transportation/lodging during participation
At no time is a participant required to pay any party dues.

More Information on the Missouri Delegate Selection Process

The meeting location was chosen by 7th Ward Democratic Committeeman Brian Wahby, also a member of Democratic National Committee and a Super Delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton. He will run the meeting.

Other St. Louis City Delegate Selection Ward Meeting Locations.

St. Louis County Delegate Selection Township Locations.

– Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman



Tuesday is Filing Day in Missouri

wakeupamericaTuesday, February 23rd is the first Filing Day in Missouri for the August 2nd Primary. Candidates will file for

US Senate
US House
Missouri Governor
Missouri Lt Governor
Missouri Secretary of State
Missouri Attorney General
Missouri State Treasurer
Missouri Senate (odd numbered districts)
Missouri House
County offices

In St. Louis City, the county offices on ballot will be Circuit Attorney, Treasurer, and Sheriff.

In St. Louis County, the county offices on ballot will be County Council seats in Districts 2, 4, and 6.

Elsewhere in Missouri, most county ballots will include

Circuit Court Judges
County Commissioners
County Sheriff
County Assessor
County Treasurer
County Public Administrator
County Coroner
County Surveyor

Beginning Tuesday, also filing will be candidates for ward/township committeewomen and committeemen for the Democratic Party, Republican Party, Constitution Party, and Libertarian Party.

Interesting to note, in some counties, but not St. Louis City or St. Louis County, not only do candidates pay a filing fee to their county political party committees but they also pay a fee to their counties.

In St. Louis City, the filing fee to run for a ward Democratic Party committeewoman or committeeman seat is $100, while the filing fee for citywide office is only $50.

The last day to file for the Primary is March 29th.

Filing information is available at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.

– Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman