If you own a car that’s registered with the state to an address in Evanston, it’s time to pay your annual wheel tax.

Starting in two weeks, on Oct. 27, the city will be ready to receive payment for the annual wheel tax as well is for any residential parking permits for 2015.

This will be the second year that compliance will be checked by License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address, as the city remains “stickerless.” Failure to pay your wheel tax may subject you to parking tickets. 

Preprinted renewal notices will be mailed on Friday, Oct. 24, to residents, along with an online renewal ID and instructions. The deadline to pay the tax for 2015 is Dec. 15 of this year.

While the city encourages you to pay online, payments will be accepted in person at the Levy Senior Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Evanston-based currency exchanges, and the Morton Civic Center’s Revenue Office.

The cost for a regular passenger car vehicle sticker is $75. A penalty of 50 percent of the fee may be added to all applications received or postmarked after Dec.15. That means a passenger car vehicle sticker will cost $113 rather than $75, the city warns.

For rates for other vehicle types, senior discounts, and disabled veteran and active-duty personnel programs, check out the information on the city’s website.

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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