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  VI Section 31.  Recognition of city of St. Louis as now existing both as a city and as a county. — The city of St. Louis, as now existing, is recognized both as a city and as a county unless otherwise changed in accordance with the provisions of this constitution. As a city it shall continue for city purposes with its present charter, subject to changes and amendments provided by the constitution or by law, and with the powers, organization, rights and privileges permitted by this constitution or by law.  As a county, it shall not be required to adopt a county charter but may, except for the office of circuit attorney, amend or revise its present charter to provide for the number, kinds, manner of selection, terms of office and salaries of its county officers, and for the exercise of all powers and duties of counties and county officers prescribed by the constitution and laws of the state.

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Source: Const. of 1945 (Amended November 5, 2002).

(1961) Where property for city park was acquired by condemnation prior to the adoption of the 1875 Constitution, a charter provision adopted under the 1875 constitutional provision controls as to whether or not the city may alter the park for the purpose of creating an expressway or roadway through it. Kirkwood v. City of St. Louis (Mo.), 351 S.W.2d 781.


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