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What's New For 2022?

Clayton: A Classy Community With Involved Residents And Businesses

As the calendar page turns to 2022, Clayton Mayor Michelle Harris says residents can look forward to a multitude of enriched experiences. "It's a time for both hope and for reflection. While we're encouraged by an improving economic environment for the city in the new year, we're also tasked with identifying reasonable ways to meet the financial challenges that continue to exist," she says. 

"You're likely aware that inflation hovers at more than 5%, so we can predict that the costs of doing business, that is, providing quality services, also are rising. What you may not realize is that Missouri state officials limited property tax growth for cities during 2021 to 1.4%. Additionally, business travel and office occupancy are down from pre-pandemic levels and expected to remain so until at least 2024," she continues.

"These trends impact Clayton especially hard because we're a business center for the region."

As a result, the mayor says city officials and staffers will be evaluating some difficult choices. She adds that for the near future, services will remain unchanged as general reserves are spent down. "We'll be taking a closer look at trash service, leaf and snow removal, street and facility maintenance, and park maintenance. Engaging both residents and businesses in thorough discussions about priorities will be important to determining the best possible choices for our community. Feel free to contact me or city staff with any comments or questions," she encourages. 

On an uplifting note, the mayor points toward newly redesigned Center of Clayton, which she says offers the ultimate experience in sports, fitness, swimming, recreational, educational and lifestyle enhancing programs. The Center's 136,000 square feet includes four gymnasiums, two pools, a suspended jogging track, weight lifting equipment, aerobic/dance areas, a 30-foot climbing wall, classrooms, lounge, Subway restaurant and meeting rooms. The Center is open to all with discounts for those who live or work in Clayton.
Mayor's Office:  314.290.8470
Clayton City Hall Phone:  314.727.8100

  • Clayton Mayor Michelle Harris