Deadlines to buy Chicago vehicle stickers could be staggered throughout the year instead of coming on June 30 for every car, minivan, SUV and truck in the city, City Clerk
The first-term clerk is beginning to draw up the year-round sticker-purchase plan, she told aldermen at a City Council hearing on Mayor
"We would look to implement this for next year, so we are an aggressive timeline," Mendoza said. "We're spending a lot of time right now in the clerk's office focusing on how we make this happen."
The program would be modeled on the Illinois secretary of state's vehicle license renewal system, Mendoza said after the hearing. Details are still being worked out.
Staggered deadlines will be easier financially for families with more than one vehicle, which could increase compliance and boost overall sticker fee purchases, she said. And not having clerk's office workers deal with a once-a-year deadline could further reduce overtime she said she already cut this year by expanding the time window during which stickers can be purchased.
“If we can make people’s lives easier, we can reduce the lines at
Mendoza already has taken other steps to make purchases more convenient. Those include extending to 10 weeks from six the purchase window and expanding will-call sales to online purchases.
So far this year, the city has sold more than 1.2 million stickers — already hitting a number that is nearly 28,000 more than all of last year, according to the clerk's office.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen last year raised the price of the standard $75 vehicle sticker by $10. Those who pay $120 for stickers saw a $15 increase. Given that, overall sticker revenue so far is up about 14 percent to more than $110 million, according to the clerk's office.