For years, Evanstonians could be seen shivering on cold December days frantically scraping the old city stickers from their car windshields and applying new ones for the following year. But they won’t have to do that this year.

For in 2014, Evanston cars go stickerless.

That’s the good news. The bad news is you still have to pay what is now known as an annual “wheel tax.”

Renewal notices will go out out next week, with a payment deadline of Dec. 16.

The cost for a regular passenger car vehicle is $75. A penalty of 50% of the fee may be added to all applications received or postmarked after Dec. 16, which would drive the cost up to $113.
The city warns that if your vehicle is registered to an Evanston address, through the Illinois Secretary of State, you are required to pay an annual wheel tax regardless of where you park the vehicle.

Failure to pay your wheel tax may subject you to parking tickets, which will be issued for noncompliance starting Feb. 17, 2014.

The change is all made possible because of License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address.

If you live in one of the city’s 25 residential parking districts, you can still purchase permits that will allow you to park in your district at times that others cannot. Those who currently have such permits will receive renewal notices in the mail. Others can apply for them at their option.

Complete details of the new wheel tax and residential parking system are available on the city’s website.

Earlier story:

City stickers going away, but not the wheel tax

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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