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Counties in Missouri

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Missouri has 114 counties and one independent city. St. Louis is separate from St. Louis County and is referred to as a "city not within a county."[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Missouri consists of 114 counties, 312 townships, and 955 cities and villages. In addition, there are 1837 special districts and 534 independent school districts.[2]

Further classifications:

Counties may be:

  • General law: of which there are 110
  • Home rule charter: of which there are 4 (Jackson, St. Charles, Jefferson, St. Louis County)

Cities and villages are classified as:

  • Constitutional charter cities: A city must have a population over 5,000 to adopt a charter. 38 cities have done so.
  • Special legislative charter cities and towns: of which there are 6 remaining
  • Third class city (3,000-29,999 population at time of incorporation): of which there are 56
  • Fourth class city (500-2,999 population at time of incorporation): of which there are approximately 550
  • Village (fewer than 500 population at time of incorporation): of which there are approximately 300[3](#'s as of 2007)

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Missouri

The availability of initiative varies depending upon the classification, form of government, and home rule status of a city or county.

Counties

All four charter counties have initiative for charter amendments and county measures.[4][5][6][7]

Cities

  • Constitutional charter cities: The Missouri Constitution Article VI Section 20 mandates that charter cities allow initiative for charter amendments and may also adopt an initiative process for ordinances. The charters of the eight most populated cities (Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee's Summit, St. Joseph, and St. Charles) all permit initiative. Signature requirements and filing deadlines vary by charter.
  • Third class cities:

Third class cities with a commission or a council-manager form of government have an initiative process for ordinances provided by state statutes, Missouri Revised Statutes Section 78.200 for commission and Section 78.573 for council-manager. The main difference between the two statutes is the required percentage of signatures. A Missouri court recently questioned whether Section 78.573 requires an enabling city ordinance to be available to citizens, but did not reach a definite holding on the issue.[8]

Third class cities with a Mayor-Council and Mayor-Administrator-Council form of government are not granted initiative authority by state statutes.

  • Fourth class cities and villages are not granted initiative authority by state statutes.[9]

Website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Missouri county websites

As of 2009:

  • 11 counties in Missouri put their budgets online.
  • 15 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 21 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 36 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 13 gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • Six of the counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • Only one county provided information about its contracts with county vendors.
  • None of the county websites disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • None of the county websites provided information on how to request public records using the Missouri Sunshine Law.
  • 13 county websites provided some information about county taxes.

Counties

County County seat
Adair County, Missouri Kirksville
Andrew County, Missouri Savannah
Atchison County, Missouri Rock Port
Audrain County, Missouri Mexico
Barry County, Missouri Cassville
Barton County, Missouri Lamar
Bates County, Missouri Butler
Benton County, Missouri Warsaw
Bollinger County, Missouri Marble Hill
Boone County, Missouri Columbia, Missouri
Buchanan County, Missouri Saint Joseph
Butler County, Missouri Poplar Bluff
Caldwell County, Missouri Kingston
Callaway County, Missouri Fulton
Camden County, Missouri Camdenton
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Jackson
Carroll County, Missouri Carrollton
Carter County, Missouri Van Buren
Cass County, Missouri Harrisonville
Cedar County, Missouri Stockton
Chariton County, Missouri Keytesville
Christian County, Missouri Ozark
Clark County, Missouri Kahoka
Clay County, Missouri Liberty
Clinton County, Missouri Plattsburg
Cole County, Missouri Jefferson City, Missouri
Cooper County, Missouri Boonville
Crawford County, Missouri Steelville
Dade County, Missouri Greenfield
Dallas County, Missouri Buffalo
Daviess County, Missouri Gallatin
DeKalb County, Missouri Maysville
Dent County, Missouri Salem
Douglas County, Missouri Ava
Dunklin County, Missouri Kennett
Franklin County, Missouri Union
Gasconade County, Missouri Hermann
Gentry County, Missouri Albany
Greene County, Missouri Springfield
Grundy County, Missouri Trenton
Harrison County, Missouri Bethany
Henry County, Missouri Clinton
Hickory County, Missouri Hermitage
Holt County, Missouri Oregon
Howard County, Missouri Fayette
Howell County, Missouri West Plains
Iron County, Missouri Ironton
Jackson County, Missouri Kansas City, Missouri and Independence, Missouri
Jasper County, Missouri Carthage
Jefferson County, Missouri Hillsboro
Johnson County, Missouri Warrensburg
Knox County, Missouri Edina
Laclede County, Missouri Lebanon
Lafayette County, Missouri Lexington
Lawrence County, Missouri Mount Vernon
Lewis County, Missouri Monticello
Lincoln County, Missouri Troy
Linn County, Missouri Linneus
Livingston County, Missouri Chillicothe
Macon County, Missouri Macon
Madison County, Missouri Fredericktown
Maries County, Missouri Vienna
Marion County, Missouri Palmyra
McDonald County, Missouri Pineville
Mercer County, Missouri Princeton
Miller County, Missouri Tuscumbia
Mississippi County, Missouri Charleston
Moniteau County, Missouri California
Monroe County, Missouri Paris
Montgomery County, Missouri Montgomery City
Morgan County, Missouri Versailles
New Madrid County, Missouri New Madrid
Newton County, Missouri Neosho
Nodaway County, Missouri Maryville
Oregon County, Missouri Alton
Osage County, Missouri Linn
Ozark County, Missouri Gainesville
Pemiscot County, Missouri Caruthersville
Perry County, Missouri Perryville
Pettis County, Missouri Sedalia
Phelps County, Missouri Rolla
Pike County, Missouri Bowling Green
Platte County, Missouri Platte City
Polk County, Missouri Bolivar
Pulaski County, Missouri Waynesville
Putnam County, Missouri Unionville
Ralls County, Missouri New London
Randolph County, Missouri Huntsville
Ray County, Missouri Richmond
Reynolds County, Missouri Centerville
Ripley County, Missouri Doniphan
Saline County, Missouri Marshall
Schuyler County, Missouri Lancaster
Scotland County, Missouri Memphis
Scott County, Missouri Benton
Shannon County, Missouri Eminence
Shelby County, Missouri Shelbyville
St. Charles County, Missouri Saint Charles
St. Clair County, Missouri Osceola
St. Francois County, Missouri Farmington
St. Louis City, Missouri *Independent city
St. Louis County, Missouri Clayton
Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri Sainte Genevieve
Stoddard County, Missouri Bloomfield
Stone County, Missouri Galena
Sullivan County, Missouri Milan
Taney County, Missouri Forsyth
Texas County, Missouri Houston
Vernon County, Missouri Nevada
Warren County, Missouri Warrenton
Washington County, Missouri Potosi
Wayne County, Missouri Greenville
Webster County, Missouri Marshfield
Worth County, Missouri Grant City
Wright County, Missouri Hartville

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