St. Louis City owed millions in unpaid parking tickets

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by Chris Nagus / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 12:39 PM

(KMOV) -- Here's a mind blowing number: $14.5 million. That's how much the city of St. Louis is owed in unpaid parking tickets from the past three years alone.

Jared Boyd works for the St Louis Treasurer, the office charged with writing and collecting fines from parking tickets.
“We’re looking at all the reasons people don’t pay parking tickets” said Boyd.
 
So far in 2013 nearly 25-percent of tickets remain unpaid, totaling $3.8 million.
“I would say that some people do take tickets seriously unfortunately there’s a minority of people who may be very evasive” said Boyd.
 
Nearly $10.6 million in fines remains unpaid from 2011 and 2012.
Then we stumbled upon an abandoned car with two flat tires sitting in front of the News 4 building in the shadow of the Arch.
 
The first ticket was issued on March 28th, another on March 29th, again on April 2nd, April 3rd, April 10th, April 12th, we counted nearly a dozen tickets.
 
Things got so bad someone plastered a sign on the window asking the city to take action.
 
The car sat abandoned for over a month before the city finally towed the car away.
 
Boyd says cars with four or more tickets become boot eligible, 15 days after the fourth ticket is issued.
Boyd says this car was towed 17 days after the fourth ticket, but here's something that surprised us.
“We only have record of four tickets being issued to that car and that VIN number and that ticket” said Boyd.
 
Clearly there were more than four tickets issued - we know some blew away.
Boyd says this situation was likely complicated because the car didn't have license plates.
 
Besides the boot, some offenders might have trouble renewing their plates with outstanding tickets.
Now the city is exploring new options but is not ready to commit to more aggressive tactics yet.

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