Residents in unincorporated Cook County will help fund the county’s new budget by paying higher vehicle sticker fees.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.94 billion budget with a 16-1 vote, as reported in the Huffington Post. The sticker fees hike is expected to bring in an additional $1.54 million. Both Niles area board representatives, Ninth District Commissioner Peter Silvestri, a Republican, and 13th District Commissioner Larry Suffredin, a Democrat, voted for the budget.
Sticker fees will double for cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers and other vehicles registered in the unincorporated area of Cook County. The stickers will go from $40 to $80 for sedans and $50 to $100 for most SUVs.
Funding for the new budget will come from a variety of other tax hikes—including more tax on alcohol and certain tobacco products—that all county residents will pay. A list of these hikes is in the Chicago Sun-Times.
All Cook County taxpayers will see a little relief starting next year when the county’s sales tax is reduced by one-quarter of a cent in 2012 and another one-quarter of a cent in 2013.
The budget also includes nearly 800 layoffs after Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle could not reach a deal with unions to take unpaid days off next year.