TREASURER: EXTENSION OF PARKING TICKET SUSPENSION INDEFINITELY TO PREVENT SPREAD OF VIRUS AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIP
Amid growing pandemic and record unemployment claims, Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones announces additional actions for health and wellbeing of St. Louisans
St. Louis—On Tuesday, April 21, Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones announced the extension of pandemic parking changes indefinitely, with plans to reevaluate mid-May. The changes are designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and address economic hardship.
“In response to the regional order to shelter in place and the national social distancing guidelines, I am extending the freeze on parking payments and tickets for the health and wellbeing of my staff and all St. Louisans,” said Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones. “I had a long career in public health before I ran for public office and I believe suspending this activity contributes to flattening the curve and preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The last thing people should be concerned about right now is feeding a meter or paying a parking ticket.”
Changes to be reevaluated mid-May:
- Parking meters will be free, and no tickets will be written.
- Penalties will be frozen through May
- All hearings for parking ticket adjudication will be rescheduled.
- Treasurer Jones will broadcast on Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30pm to provide information on financial resources and more at Facebook.com/STLTreasurer.
- OFE programming will be presented on Facebook Live to help guide St. Louisans navigate difficult financial circumstances at Facebook.com/STLTreasurer and Facebook.com/STLOfficeofFinancialEmpowerment.
- All in-person Office of Financial Empowerment events through April are postponed, including College Kids events. Several resources are available online at stlofe.org.
- All departments have implemented skeleton crew and work-from-home plans. Offices and garages are being thoroughly cleaned with numerous precautions to protect the health of St. Louisans.
These efforts will limit human contact and the spread of coronavirus, while also helping people through an economically difficult period.
This policy may be updated as the situation develops.
About Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones
Elected in 2012, Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones has transformed the Treasurer’s Office and Parking Division to increase transparency, integrity, and service. New initiatives have yielded over $25 million for St. Louis. Jones launched the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) to help St. Louisans make better financial choices, and OFE’s College Kids Program has helped over 16,000 public school students start educational savings accounts, with over $1.1 million so far to give children a better future. She has a Master’s in Health Administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hampton University and uses the Ferguson Commission report as a guide to “invest in people.” Learn more at www.stltreasurer.org, www.parklouie.com, www.STLCollegeKids.org, and www.stlofe.org.