Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meters and Tickets Bring in Millions

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meters and Tickets Bring in Millions

Article excerpt

Parking tickets and parking meters are big business in St. Louis.

The city's parking meter division rakes in about $2 million a year from parking meters and $2.3 million from parking violations.

The division is part of the city treasurer's office. Some 60 percent of the profit goes back to the treasurer's office, while the balance goes to the city's general revenue. The division makes so much money that its revenue stands as a backup to the bonds paying for Kiel Center.

And the $2.3 million includes only tickets written by parking enforcement officers - the people who used to be called meter maids. They write fewer than half the tickets in the city. St. Louis police officers write parking tickets, too, about a quarter million of them a year.

The city's municipal court system includes clerks, lawyers and judges. One of its main jobs is to accept at the Traffic Violations Bureau payments from people who get parking tickets. Another job is to propel those who haven't paid into doing so. …

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