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   If the Zoo-Museum District doesn't expand to include more counties around the St. Louis metro area, visitors may have to start paying admission to visit the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum and other cultural venues.  

   That's according to Zoo-Museum District Board member Charlie Valier.  With grand plans to expand the zoo across I-64/US-40, civic leaders are trying to find the best way to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars needed.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Valier told the board yesterday that there are three options to raise revenues:  Ask voters to raise the tax rates; Charge admission; or widen the Zoo-Museum District to include St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Missouri, and Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.  

   Valier told the paper that six counties support cultural venues in the Denver area, and three support those in Detroit.

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