- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A state audit has found that a private parking lot in St. Louis is collecting sales tax money without allowing required public access.

A report released Wednesday by Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says the parking lot in the city’s Washington Avenue loft district is leased by a special city taxing district as part of a 30-year, $1.1 million agreement signed in 2010.

A 1 percent sales tax is collected at four businesses on the block to help fund the project.

The audit determined that developers put a fence around the parking lot and closed it to the public while selling reserved monthly “public parking” spaces.

The lot has since been bought by new owners, who told state auditors they didn’t know about the public access requirement.

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