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The City of Webster Groves is holding two candidate education sessions for public office candidates in the April 5 election. These meetings will give candidates for the mayor and councilmember positions an overview of the City structure, Council responsibilities, and allow for questions of City staff.
“Ensuring that each candidate has accurate and updated information about the City of Webster Groves will help each of them as they prepare their campaign and also help our staff build a rapport with these involved and engaged members of the community,” said Dr. Marie Peoples, City Manager of Webster Groves. “Engagement opportunities like these meetings are important to build trust and strengthen the lines of communication.”
Candidates are invited to participate in both educational meetings:
Wednesday, January 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, January 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall or can be attended via Zoom. These meetings are also open to the public, however, due to heightened health concerns related to the ongoing pandemic, these candidate education sessions will ONLY be available to the public via zoom.
Topics will include the structure of the City with an updated organizational chart, an overview of the City Manager form of government, powers and duties of the Council, the role of the Mayor, duties of the City Clerk, departmental overviews, and an overview of the budget. Candidates will also be able to ask questions.
At the April 5 election, residents will vote for a new Mayor of Webster Groves and for three Councilmembers. Laura Arnold and Kathy Hart are running for Mayor. Six residents are vying for the three open Council positions: Emily Hixson Shepherd, Pam Bliss, David Franklin, John J. Eppers, Dawn Cole, and Karen A. Beck. Also on the ballot will be Proposition U, which would allow for the collection of sales tax on out-of-state items purchased online. Missouri is one of only two states that does not provide the ability to fully collect online sales taxes. The purpose of the proposal is to assess the same tax rate on out-of-state purchases as local purchases. As internet purchases increase, local revenues decrease. Funds generated from the Use Tax can be used to pay for vital municipal services including public safety, additional sidewalks and parks, and emergency equipment.