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What does the City of St. Louis Treasurer do?


In 2015, the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office launched our largest and most ambitious financial empowerment program to date: the College Kids Children’s Savings Account program.

Every kindergarten student in a St. Louis public school receives a savings account from the Treasurer’s Office with a $50 deposit. Families can watch the account grow through efforts and incentives such as matched savings, attendance bonuses, and parent participation in financial education courses.

Research shows that children with less than $500 saved are three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate from college than children without college savings accounts.

The money for College Kids comes from residual parking revenue and charitable donations. So, if you have ever received a parking ticket, parked at a meter or in one of the city owned garages in St. Louis, you helped send a kid to college!

For more information please visit: http://stlcollegekids.org

For common payroll questions, including garnishments, child support, and more, please click here.

Information and resources to increase Financial Literacy

 The City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office is a key resource for bringing forth programs and new ideas to improve the quality of life of our citizens. One of these programs is financial literacy.  Simply put, financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works. But financial literacy isn’t just about balancing your checkbook or knowing how much money you have in the bank. Financial literacy is about planning for the future.  Being financially literate can help you save money for a down payment on a home, save for your child’s college education, or have money saved for emergencies so you don’t need payday loans or other predatory lending companies. When you know how to manage your money, you can make better choices about your future.  The Treasurer’s Office is committed to helping city residents become financially literate and learn how to confidently manage money. Our plans include helping city residents improve their overall financial health by warning them about the dangers of predatory lending, decreasing the percentage of families that aren’t using banking services, and helping people craft budgets that teach them how to live within their means.

For the official Office of Financial Empowerment website: click here

About The Treasurer

Treasurer Adam Layne was appointed in April of 2021 to succeed the former Treasurer, Tishaura O. Jones, after winning a historic election as St. Louis’ first female Black Mayor. A familiar name, many came to know Treasurer Layne from his service as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office. Layne proved to be an especially valued asset amidst the economic challenges of the pandemic as he worked tirelessly throughout 2020 to improve systems and deepen community engagement with the work of the STLTO. One of his most notable efforts include his leadership and launch of the Parking and Towing Assistance Program (PTAP), a program that creates payment plans for St. Louisans with multiple fines, allowing them to freeze their fees, pay off their balances in smaller amounts, and climb out from under the financial burden without getting their cars booted or towed.

Treasurer Layne joins the STLTO as an experienced elected official as he finished first in his 2019 race for the St. Louis Public School (SLPS) Board. During his time on the Board of Education, Treasurer Layne advocated relentlessly for every school to be a quality school, while always centering equity and seeking to dismantle historically oppressive systems. One of his greatest successes was creating and chairing the Standing Committee on Budget Equity & Transparency.

Having established his professional career in 2011 as a SLPS high school math teacher, Treasurer Layne went on to develop, lead, and direct the high school support and college access program at InspireSTL (2017), where he was later sought out as an independent consultant to develop, design, and implement curriculum and diversity training for organizations in St. Louis and across the nation. An avid writer, he launched his own nonprofit program, The Young Griot Society, which seeks to increase youth literacy through their love for creative writing. In 2019, he joined Washington University as a research associate, supporting the launch of the Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

A proud graduate of the George Washington University School of Business, Treasurer Layne received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and went on to earn a Master of Education from University Missouri St Louis.

Treasurer Adam L. Layne

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