Vehicle sticker late fees help fund road repairs

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The Lansing Municipal Center is located at 3141 Ridge Road in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

But residents can avoid fees by purchasing stickers before June 30

by Jennifer Yos

LANSING, Ill. (May 29, 2019) – Stickers are required for all residents’ vehicles that run on Lansing streets and highways, including vehicles that are not currently in use and are stored within the Village of Lansing. Leased and company-owned vehicles need stickers as well.

Vehicle stickers must be purchased and displayed before July 1—in the lower passenger-side corner of a car windshield, or on the license plate of a motorcycles.

The penalty for missing the June 30 deadline is stiff: stickers purchased between July 1 and July 31 will be doubled in price; those bought August 1 or later will be tripled. In addition, failure to purchase and display a sticker on your vehicle could result in a $100 ticket. Lansing Police Chief Murrin cautions that the police do a “blitz” three times a year, covering every beat each time, looking specifically for vehicle registration violations. In January of this year they issued 138 tickets, and in February 421 tickets for vehicle registration violations alone.

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Sticker procrastinators might appreciate knowing that late fees help the Village. According to Village Finance Department Treasurer Arlette Frye, all monies for vehicle registration sticker fees and fines go into the Village General Fund, out of which the street maintenance budget is financed. The vehicle registration sticker fees and fines contribute to, but in no way completely fund, street maintenance. In 2018, the Village spent a total of $3,855,933 on street repairs and maintenance.

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Jennifer Yos grew up on Walter Street in Lansing with nine siblings. She attended St. Ann’s School and T.F. South, and she earned a BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. For 34 years she taught English, as well as Creative Writing and Drama, at Lincoln-Way High School. She dabbled in freelance journalism for the Joliet Herald News Living section. Now retired, Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to write for The Lansing Journal and is uplifted by the variety of positive people she has already met who are making a difference in Lansing.

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  1. “The vehicle registration sticker fees and fines contribute to, but in no way completely fund, street maintenance. In 2018, the Village spent a total of $3,855,933 on street repairs and maintenance.”

    But none of those fees and fines go towards repairing the decrepit street I live on.

    Probably because nobody on my block is politically connected.

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