Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Missouri Municipal League Draws Record Crowd to Annual Meeting

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Missouri Municipal League Draws Record Crowd to Annual Meeting

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Mayor Archer Addresses Delegates

With a record membership and a record attendance, the Missouri Municipal League (MML) held its 66th annual meeting in Springfield, Mo., last week.

More than 750 local government leaders from MMUs 617 member cities took part in a busy schedule of workshops, adopted policy supporting tax fairness and equity for all forms of retail sales, and packed a luncheon session featuring NLC First Vice President Dennis Archer, mayor of Detroit, Mich.

MML President Joe Adams, mayor of University City, concluded an unusual one-and-one-half year term that saw gains in state funding for pollution control and transportation funding and successful effort to block legislation that would preempt local authority in employment policy, police management and uses of tax increment financing.

"I am proud of the role we all played in making our state a better place to live," said Adams, who is also a member of the NLC Advisory Council. Mayor Karen Masserli of Lee's Summit moved into the MML presidency at the conclusion of the meeting.

Mayor Archer commended the league members for their efforts, and also the MML officers and staff for their strong leadership and solid work.

"Municipalities should call the shots on municipal affairs," said Archer. "If anything goes wrong in my city, I don't know anyone who calls the state legislature."

Archer said that lawmakers in Washington could also learn something from the way municipal leaders work.

Noting that only three of 13 appropriations bills had been passed by the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. …

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