City Sticker Fees To Increase For All Vehicles
Most Cars Will See Stickers Increasing From $75 to $85
That’s how much more a city sticker will cost for the vast majority of Chicago drivers according to a compromise reached by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city council members.
Originally, Mayor Emmanuel had proposed raising the price of city stickers just for cars categorized as larger vehicles. But the Mayor was proposing lowering the weight threshold from the current 4500 pounds to just 4000 pounds–a move that would have added over 184,000 vehicles to this category as originally reported here.
Moderate outrage coming into ward offices from motorists driving family minivans and other automobiles no one would consider an SUV, may have influenced aldermen into reaching a compromise to keep the larger passenger category at 4500 pounds.
But while passenger cars get a $10 annual bump from $75 to $85, SUVs city stickers will now cost $120 to $135 a $15 increase. As originally proposed, pickup trucks will still see a $20 increase from $180 to $200 and larger trucks will have a $30 increase making those city stickers $450 this coming June.
Emanuel’s original plan would have brought in an additional $14 million from the increased fees for SUVs. The Mayor’s office believes these across the board city sticker increases will still reach that $14 million goal.
But this compromise includes some bad news for city sticker scofflaws. That $120 fine for not purchasing and displaying your city sticker will now be $200. In addition, that $40 late fee will rise $20 to $60 starting next year under this proposal
While it seems like the city sticker fee increase has the backing to get passed through the city council, City Clerk Susana Mendoza continues to be resolute in her opposition to the increases.
“Clerk Mendoza’s position remains the same from the beginning: she is not in favor
of a fee increase at all,” says City Clerk spokesperson Kristine Williams. “Her focus has and continues to be increasing enforcement and going after the scofflaws. She is glad the Mayor supports her idea of increasing the fines and penalties on those who purposefully avoid paying the wheel tax. She would have preferred for any revenue generated from enforcement to go towards holding the line on sticker fees.”
Mendoza and Emanuel met briefly Friday morning to discuss the proposed city sticker increases and the Clerk’s ideas for generating revenue through greater enforcement.
Emanuel and Mendoza seemed to be at odds over the city sticker fee increases as the Mayor had originally announced the fee increases for SUVs without communicating the idea with the City Clerk–the office that administers the massive city sticker program.
“She (Mendoza) made it very clear he should have reached out from the beginning, but that’s water under the bridge,” explained Williams. “He pledged to do what’s necessary to increase enforcement.”