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Study: Many St. Louis Co. cities spend a lot of money on administrative costs

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(KMOV.com) - A new study from Better Together St. Louis says the biggest expense for many St. Louis County municipalities is the administration at city hall.

11 of the 92 municipalities spend much of their budgets on administrative costs, the study says. Three towns, Uplands Park, Kinloch and Winchester spend over half of their budgets on such costs, although Winchester claims that number is actually 24 percent.

The study suggests the merging of cities could cut duplication and costs, but many municipal officials do not like the idea of merging.

“We don’t need to merge with anyone, we can take care of our business just fine the way we are,” said Greendale Mayor Monica Huddleston.

Kinloch’s city administrator told News 4 the office has taken many steps to cut costs.

David Leipholtz with Better Together estimates consolidation of municipalities could save the St. Louis area around $100 million per year. Leipholtz said other metro areas have seen great savings from making similar moves.

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