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Alderman: Hike sticker fees for cars, SUVs, trucks; give hybrids discount

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

All Chicago motorists would pay more for city stickers — except hybrid owners, who would get a big break, under a proposal introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

The effort to make those who inflict the most wear-and-tear on city streets

pay the most would hit drivers of big SUVs and trucks the hardest.

“Hummers are harder on our roads,” said Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st). “They make more potholes, They are harder on our environment. They take up more room. Go get your Hummer — this is America. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have it. But pay your fair share.’’

City stickers cost $75 now. Moreno’s proposal would hike the fee for standard-sized cars from $75 to $95 and from $120 to $155 for SUVs over 4,500 pounds.

Trucks would pay even more. The price for small trucks would jump from $180 to $220 and from $420 to $455 for large trucks.

Hybrid owners would get a break and pay just $25.

The changes would raise an additional $21 million to help tackle the city’s budget deficit, Moreno said.

Moreno said he is also open to proposals that lay out an even wider scale of fees based on car-size.

Moreno’s ordinance was introduced Wednesday without any discussion. The issue will later come before Ald. Edward Burke’s Finance Committee.

“It seems to make sense with the way automobile and truck traffic has changed over the years,” Burke said. “It’s been a number of years since the fee schedule has changed. This would seem to be an appropriate time to revisit that.”

Moreno said he is also open to dedicating the additional funds to road repair, schools or some other particular budget item.

Lame-duck Mayor Daley offered no opinion on Moreno’s proposal — or just about any other proposal made at his second-to-last City Council meeting Wednesday.

“If they want to do that it’s up to the City Council,” Daley said.

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