A new proposal aims to save Chicago drivers money when buying city parking stickers.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza wants to reduce the cost of certain city sticker fees. The new fee structure would align services with an appropriate rate, rather than a higher, flat fee for a variety of needs.
Under the ordinance, which was introduced at Wednesday’s City Council, the following adjustments would be made, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
• A $25 cut — from $30 to $5 — in the fee for replacing a lost, stolen or damaged city sticker.
• A $15 break — from $20 to $5 — for motorists transferring stickers from one vehicle to another when they purchase a new car, truck or SUV.
• A 50-percent cut — from $10 to $5 — in the fee for changing the residential permit parking zone that appears on the city sticker when a motorist moves from one zone to another.
Mendoza’s spokesperson told the Sun-Times the new plan comes because the current rates set many years ago “no longer make sense.”
“The clerk’s motivation is to stop nickel-and-diming people when they are already paying an average of $90 to purchase their vehicle sticker,” Mendoza’s spokesperson said in an email to the Sun-Times.