ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you’re heading to downtown St. Louis tomorrow, remember to feed the parking meters.

After two weeks of issuing warnings, the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office will start levying fines for parking meter violations tomorrow.

Jared Boyd, Chief of Staff to Treasurer Tishaura Jones, tells KMOX that while some don’t like the change, others, including many businesses, applaud it because it promotes turnover.

“If I own a small restaurant, I don’t want someone parked in front of my business during the entire day,” he said. “I want someone parked there a short period of time so my customers have access to my business.”

The fine is the same as elsewhere in the city, ten dollars, and the fines don’t accumulate if they’re paid.

Boyd doesn’t believe enforcing the meters will keep people from coming downtown.

“I would like to point to the portion of The [Delmar] Loop that’s in St. Louis, Central West End, South Grand, and other vibrant neighborhoods that have had Saturday parking for a long time and we have not seen anyone complain about that in those neighborhoods,” he said.

Parking in the city is still free between seven o’clock p.m. and eight o’clock a.m. as well as on Sundays and holidays.


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