We are required by law to have a Recorder of Deeds. Getting rid of the office doesn’t get rid of the responsibility. Plus, with a looming budget shortfall, there’s absolutely no guarantee that the money saved will be appropriated to public safety.
— Tishaura Jones, St. Louis City Treasurer
Proposition A is a misleading attempt to combine the Recorder of Deeds office with the Assessor’s office under the false pretense of funding a police body camera program. The minimal amount of projected savings of Prop A far exceed the cost of a police body camera program and would not make our city safer. Additionally, Prop A will make it harder for citizens to secure important legal documents that are currently overseen by the Recorder of Deeds office.
Proposition B aims to move the current Primary Municipal Election from March to August and the General Municipal Election from April to November. This would result in local issues being pushed to the bottom of the ballot.
Both Props A & B are backdoor attempts by Rex Sinquefield to push his agenda on our city and are a step towards defunding important city services. Please join us on April 4 at your local polling place to vote NO on Propositions A & B.
— Gregory F.X. Daly, St. Louis City Collector of Revenue
As you can see, this ballot issue does not create an Office of Assessor-Recorder, or name the Assessor as Recorder, or make the Recorder a mayoral appointment. It seeks to eliminate the office and title of Recorder of Deeds, which, under Missouri law, means the Assessor could not record deeds, issue Marriage Licenses, or make certified copies of Marriage Licenses or deeds. This ballot issue is poorly written and never should have been circulated as an initiative petition.