A Note From City Clerk Mendoza
A few weeks ago I presented the 2013 Office of the City Clerk budget to the City Council. In my address, I highlighted many of our accomplishments - an entirely revamped and more user-friendly website, the first-ever interactive city sticker, an increase in dog registrations, and faster processing of legislation, to name just a few.
I also made a major announcement regarding City Vehicle Stickers. Starting in the spring of 2013, we will begin transitioning to year-round City Vehicle Sticker sales. Many improvements have been made to the sales of City Vehicle Stickers. Last year I launched sales a full month earlier than ever before. This was a pilot program to see how spreading sales out over a longer period of time would impact you and our office. Many of you told me you greatly appreciated the shorter lines, faster processing time and being able to better budget for your sticker. Now we are ready to move sales to year round.
It simply doesn't make sense to sell more than 1 million stickers in a condensed 8 week sales period. It didn't make sense to spend taxpayer dollars to work overtime to complete this and it certainly isn't convenient for you as a Chicago driver to wait in long lines or experience mail delays because of this rushed renewal period. Most importantly, I am hopeful that this will help you better budget for this expense, especially anyone who has had to buy the license plate sticker and City Vehicle Sticker in the same month or families who own multiple vehicles.
In order to help you budget better and avoid paying for multiple stickers at once, our proposal is for your City Vehicle Sticker to expire 6 months after your license plate sticker expiration date. For example, if your license plate sticker expires in March, your city sticker will be up for renewal in September.
We'll be conducting a number of surveys and asking for your feedback over the next few months as we work hard to ensure that year-round City Vehicle Sticker sales are ready to kick off this spring. For now, know that your current sticker will still expire June 30 and you will still need to renew by that time. More details will be rolled out in the coming months.
This e-newsletter contains a link to a very short survey about City Vehicle Sticker sales. Please take less than 5 minutes to complete the survey. Your responses will help ensure that next year's City Vehicle Sticker sales meet your needs!
Read the Chicago Tribune story about year-round City Vehicle Sticker sales here.
Susana A. Mendoza
Chicago City Clerk
Take Our Short Survey on City Vehicle Stickers!
Year-round City Vehicle Sticker sales are coming and we need your feedback! Please take our short survey on City Vehicle Stickers. Your participation will help us improve sales for everyone!
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