Increasing from $30 to $45 would provide $210,000 in additional revenue
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (January 22, 2018) – “Certainly while increasing fees is not something that we desire to do,” said Village Administrator Dan Podgorski at the January 16 Committee of the Whole meeting, “sometimes it’s necessary to maintain the levels of service that residents expect from Lansing. …There’s a multitude of capital improvements that we need throughout the village.” The examples Podgorski listed include the police fleet, fire engines, ambulances, the Public Works fleet, and a server upgrade for the police department.
A comparison of vehicle sticker fees charged by surrounding villages revealed that Lansing’s are below average. The current vehicle sticker fee for Lansing residents is $30, and the last time the fee was increased was 2008. “If we go from $30 to $45, we won’t be the highest—as there’s two other communities at $50—but it would push us into the top half of the surrounding communities,” said Podgorski.
The $15 increase would generate approximately $210,000 of additional revenue.
Other factors under consideration are to extend the selling period to the entire month of May, and to enforce the vehicle sticker requirement more consistently.
The Board will vote on the increase at the February 6 Village Board meeting. Lansing residents may express opinions about vehicle sticker fees or any other municipal issues by contacting their representatives directly:
- Click to email Mayor Patty Eidam, or call 708-895-7208
- Email Administrator Dan Podgorski, or call 708-895-7202
- Click to email Trustee Tony Delaurentis, or call 708-832-4569
- Click to email Trustee Mike Manno, or call 708-832-4566
- Click to email Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich, or call 708-832-4563
- Click to email Trustee Mike Skrbina, or call 708-832-4568
- Click to email Trustee Brian Hardy, or call 708-832-4564
- Click to email Trustee Jerry Zeldenrust, or call 708-832-4570
Village Board meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings take place at the Municipal Court Complex (the police station) at 2710 170th Street on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.