today defended lowering the weight benchmark at which SUV and mini-van owners will have to pay more for city stickers, saying he based his decision on data showing which vehicles cause the most damage to streets.
The change, which would result in sticker costs rising
for the owners of 184,000 vehicles, is part of the mayor’s first budget proposal. City Clerk
is opposing the increase, which must be approved by the City Council.
Under the proposal, the benchmark at which “large passenger,” or LP, vehicle stickers would be required will decrease to 4,000 pounds from 4,500 pounds.
“If you look at the data, which is pretty compelling, the weight class should be at 4,000, not 4,500,” Emanuel said at a news conference where he also defended water and sewer rate increases.
I’m properly pricing it when I looked at the data as it relates to the damage done on the streets as it relates the heavier vehicles.”
In his budget address Wednesday, Emanuel said he was “proposing a modest increase” of $15 in the cost of LP stickers, which would be set at $135 under his plan. He did not mention the weight change, which pushes 184,000 additional vehicles that currently require a $75 sticker into the pricier sticker class.
Emanuel also reiterated that 75 percent of vehicles won’t be affected by the change.