ST. LOUIS – Promising to increase the amount of excess parking revenue allocated to the city, 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd has announced he’s running for city treasurer.
“Our citizens are better served when we work together for the benefit of our city. I will always put St. Louis first,” Boyd said in announcing he’s running for the office now held by Tishaura Jones.
“I will restore faith in the city government, specifically the treasurer’s office,” he said.
Filing for city treasurer in the August Democratic and Republican primaries opened Tuesday and closes March 31.
“The city is long overdue to have total control of its parking operations,” Boyd said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “We are the only city in the state of Missouri that is administered by a county officeholder. I will work with the Board of Aldermen and State Legislature to ensure that this is a reality.”
Boyd, 56, was elected an alderman in 2003. He ran unsuccessfully for treasurer in 2012, for license collector in 2014 and for mayor in 2017.
Boyd also said he would promote transparency, end no-bid contracts and ensure that all expenses were appropriately documented.
“I will also create a work environment for city employees that rewards excellence, encourages innovation and invites participation in the process of good city governing. Transparency in government is not selective, it’s constant.”
Boyd said that the extra parking money could go for such things as the Cops and Clinicians program to provide social workers to support victims of crimes. He also said he would establish a low-interest loan fund to help business development in distressed neighborhoods.
Boyd said he would work with members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (the mayor, comptroller and Board of Aldermen president) to develop a progressive investment strategy “to not only increase financial capital, but to invest in our human capital.”
In a statement, Rosetta Okohson-Reb, campaign consultant for Jones, defended Jones’ record.
“We’re glad to have him in the race,” Okohson-Reb said. “It’s important to note that Mr. Boyd has already lost three citywide races, and this will be his fourth.”
“In the coming days and months we look forward to talking about how we have improved and transformed the treasurer’s office since we took office,” Okohson-Reb said. “We sincerely believe the treasurer’s office has shown that you can both improve government services and invest in all St. Louisans.”
Reforms implemented by Jones’ office have dramatically increased parking revenues while reducing the number of parking tickets written per year by 28 percent, or 80,000, Okohson-Reb said in the statement.
“This year, the treasurer’s office is contributing a record $1.7 million to the city’s General Fund. That’s up 237 percent from Jones’ first year in office,” Okohson-Reb said. “Our office has also made over $25 million by actively managing city investments,” she added.
“We are proud of improving parking and bringing financial empowerment to St. Louis City government, but there is more work to be done. We want to continue to make parking more efficient and less predatory for St. Louisans,” Okohson-Reb said.