Evanston residents will see big increases in parking fees and other auto-related costs next year under the proposed budget unveiled by City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz today.
A measure already recommended for approval by the city’s Transportation and Parking Committee would double parking meter rates from $1 to $2 per hour, which is anticipated to raise $2 million in new revenue.
Other parking rate changes proposed include:
- Eliminating free Sunday parking at meters to raise $585,000.
- Increasing hourly parking garage fees to raise $390,000.
- Doubling the charge for residential parking permits to $30 to raise $100,000.
- Increasing the monthly fee at the Sherman Plaza garage from $110 to $125 per month to gain $148,500.
- Double the hourly rate in commuter lots from to 50-cents an hour to raise $135,600.
- Increasing the fine for expired meter tickets from $20 to $25 to raise $90,000.
- Increase surface parking lot permit fees by $10 to $70 a month to raise $77,760.
All told, the parking-related changes are expected to bring in more than $3.5 million in new revenue for the city.
Other transportation-related tax hikes include:
- Increasing the wheel tax from $75 to $85 to raise an additional $175,000
- Increasing the transportation network tax — charged for rides with services like Uber and Lyft — from 20-cents to 45-cents per ride to raise $375,000.
And, if you get around by boat, increases in boat rack and launch fees are expected to raise $14,500.
Bobkiewicz is also proposing to create new fees for expedited planning and zoning review and building permits, a new business registration fee targeting small and home-based businesses, and increasing revenue from the vacation rental permit process.
All these changes will require City Council approval to take effect.
But one thing that won’t be increasing, Bobkiewicz says, is the city’s property tax rate, except for any increase mandated by the independent Library Board.
Bobkiewicz says aldermen have made it clear to him that they have no interest in imposing a property tax hike for next year.