St. Louis City Offers Parking Ticket Amnesty

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The St. Louis City Treasurer's office is granting amnesty on Saturday for late fees on unpaid parking tickets.

The program began Friday in conjunction with the first ever Community Needs Expo at America's Center.

Lines were long and so was the wait.  In some cases it took two hours to get to the front. And everyone has an excuse why they haven't paid.

"I let someone put a car in my name and they got parking tickets and never paid them," said Mike Ruff, who owes more than $100 for two parking tickets he's had for a year.

In the City of St. Louis, fines add up fast. Penalties can triple in just 45 days.

"Just keep putting them off. In the dresser I guess and I forgot about them," said Don Levertt.

The City considers the amnesty program win/win.

"The good thing about it is this is money we would have never gotten," said Treasurer's Office employee Andres Broussard.  "A lot of these people live in St. Louis County and we have the booting program, but we would have never gotten them unless they came to the city," he said.

And there is something else being offered which is a benefit to county residents: Amnesty for people with outstanding warrants, but only for misdemeanors and only for those living in unincorporated areas of the county, or the communities of Pine Lawn and Riverview.

"The way the economy is, it gives everyone a chance to clean their slate," Broussard said.

The amnesty program registration runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at America's Center, in Hall 4.  But before registering you have to buy a $10 line ticket from the Community Needs Expo.

Then, at the end of the line, city employees will issue you a voucher for the cost of the original tickets which must be paid before midnight Saturday, at either the city parking ticket bureau, or on line.

If you do not pay by the deadline, the fines will be added back onto the cost of the tickets.

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