Mayor Lyda Krewson today issued the following statement upon her vetoing of Board Bill 77AA, a proposed charter amendment asking City of St. Louis voters to maintain the Board of Aldermen as a body of 28 members:
“In November 2012, more than 80,000 voters in the City of St. Louis decided to reduce the size of the Board of Aldermen beginning in 2023. They sent a clear and convincing message to their elected leadership that they want a smaller legislative branch of local government.
As an original cosponsor of the legislation to reduce the size of the Board to 14 Aldermen, I continue to be a strong supporter of this reform measure.
Today, I vetoed Board Bill 77AA, a proposed charter amendment that if approved in April would have reversed the voters’ decision and maintained the current size of the Board as a body of 28 members.
The Board of Aldermen and the Administration must work together to redraw the new ward boundaries to ensure fair and equitable representation for all our residents.”