City of Chicago tax sticker debt relief will ease penalties for city tax sticker scammers
Some relief is on the way for Chicago residents who have racked up late fees and tickets for not having up-to-date city stickers on their cars.
Residents will be allowed to purchase a new city sticker at no additional cost or backlog in October, the mayor’s office announced Friday.
“Then, starting November 15, everyone who complies with their city sticker by October 31 will be able to have some or all of their city sticker tickets forgiven,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. a video posted on the city’s website.
“It’s a new day in Chicago, and we’re going to make sure everyone gets a fair shot at economic opportunity.”
For more information and to register for debt forgiveness, visit www.chicago.gov/citystickerdebtrelief.
City Clerk Anna Valencia railed against the effect the city tax debt was having on the people of Chicago.
“The debt of the municipal sticker is crazy. Only one in three city tickets are paid per year,” said Valencia. “If we keep this debt on the back of our communities, they won’t be able to find jobs. They can’t have child care. They cannot drive to work.
In 2012, fines for not having a city sticker were increased from $120 to $200.
The city’s sticker ticket debt has ballooned, compounded by late penalties and collection fees, to about $275 million since 2012, according to a ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ survey published in 2018.
Lightfoot’s plan follows other steps it has taken to reduce fees and fines, including ending the show same day or consecutive days tickets for violation of city sticker compliance.