Arlington Heights Considering Elimination Of Vehicle Stickers In 2024

August 24, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Following praise by a resident for being “fiscally responsible” during the public comment section of Monday night’s Arlington Heights Village Board meeting, officials are discussing a possible change along those lines for 2024. The Village is considering eliminating required vehicle stickers during the next fiscal year.

“We’ve seen an increase in a lot of our revenue such as sales tax and state income tax that is helping us rely less on some of those locally generated revenues,” said Village Manager Randy Recklaus as part of his report on a June 26 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting where the option was brought up. “We try to be very stewards of those revenues and try to keep our expenditures as flat as possible.”

Recklaus said the changes would not go into effect until next year, so residents are not “off the hook” for 2023 stickers. The Village currently requires stickers, ranging in price from $12 to $75 if bought before Jan. 1 each year, to be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of windshields. The price to purchase the stickers go up after Jan. 1 and for a second time after March 1.

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Last year, neighboring Palatine eliminated its vehicle sticker program. The Village estimated the average Palatine household owns 2.5 cars, and with the elimination, would save about $75 a household per year or the equivalent of a 5.5 percent Village-portion property tax reduction, according to a news release.

“This is not pushing it to another tax, it is eliminating the fee. Even with a possible recession looming, we feel that we are in a strong position to sustain the elimination of vehicle stickers. This is a great move for our citizens and our businesses,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said at the time.

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