Joining services with the City of St. Louis is like hooking your car battery to a dead one without your engine running!!! If you've ever done that ....then you know how it ends up. Everybody walks home!!
Right now the City is a siphon on the region, just like a vampire. If the County agrees to join services then the citizens are in for a sad letdown. It will have some advantages, but not many and not for long. Sooner or later the City will be just sucking the services without any helpful effects. It's sad, but that's the facts of life. Until they make some changes in the way they manage things - giving them a line of credit from the County is a mistake.