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What Rahm Left Out About Proposed Sticker Hike

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    NEWSLETTERS

    One item Mayor Emanuel wants to change in the 2012 city budget may wind up costing you a lot more than you thought.

    The mayor said Wednesday during his budget speech, he wants to increase city sticker prices by $15, but according to the Chicago Tribune, he left out an important detail.

    That price is only if you drive a small vehicle weighing less than 4,000 pounds. Any vehicle weighing more than that would pay $60 more, for a total sticker price of $120.

    The weight change means 184,000 more vehicles in Chicago would fall under a pricier sticker class, and that has Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza mad. She plans to fight the proposed hikes.

    The mayor's office says three-quarters of city drivers won't be affected.

    Emanuel expects to raise an extra $12 million for the city with the increased prices, money that will put a small dent in the city's $636 million deficit. Here's a breakout of the proposed price increases:

    Vehicles under 4,000 pounds: $120

    Vehicles over 4,000 pounds: $135

    Pickup trucks: $200

    Commercial trucks: $450