Oakley apparently has it pretty good compared to what the citizens of Chicago will soon experience. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to raise city fines and raise fees by double for all minor offenses which was made public today.
I do not see how anyone would want to live in Chicago. But imagine for a second what would happen to Oakley if these types of fines and fees were collected followed by what would happen to he community. People would be dumping homes and getting out for other local cities and relief.
Anyway, check out the list via the SunTimes.
- If your car is impounded for carrying drugs, driving drunk, soliciting a prostitute or carrying a firearm registered to someone other than the driver, the penalty will double — to $2,000. But, if the violations occur within 500 feet of a park or school, the fine will triple — to $3,000.
- If your car is seized for drag racing on Chicago streets, there’s a new, $1,000 fine in addition to the towing and storage fee. For playing a radio too loud, the new fine will be anywhere from $500 to $750.
- If the vehicle is snatched for driving with a suspended or revoked license or displaying altered temporary registration permits, the fine would double — to $1,000. Vehicles towed after being used in an unlawful attempt to flee or elude police officers would also double — to $2,000.
- Tampering with parking meters or pay-and-display boxes — something motorists have done on occasion to vent their anger at the deal that privatized Chicago parking meters — would carry a fine ranging from $500 to $750.
- Allowing weeds to grow to a height that exceeds 10 inches — $600-to-$1,200-a-day, up from $500-to-$1,000.
- Illegal dumping or allowing trash to accumulate in a way that provides a food supply for rats — $300-to-$600, up from $250-to-$500.
- Accumulation of materials or junk on any open lot or other premises not placed on open racks “elevated not less than 18 inches above ground”: $300-to-$600, up from $250-to-$500.
- Failure to maintain vacant lots and keep them clear of debris: $300-to-$600.
- Neglecting to register or renew registration of a vacant building: $500.
- In the Central Business District, there’ll be an annual fee of $500 for up to 20 linear feet of curb space used and $50 for every linear foot above that amount.
- Outside the downtown area, the loading zone fees will be $110 for up to 20 linear feet of curb space and $50-per-foot after that.
- A plan to raise the city’s hotel tax, impose a $2-weekday congestion fee on downtown and River North parking; double water and sewer rates over the next four years and lock in annual cost-of-living increases after that.
- There will be an across-the-board increase in city sticker fees. The only exceptions will be senior citizens and motorcycle riders.
I think Oakley has it pretty good as our council and mayor have not gone fee crazy like Mr. Emanuel apparently has in Chicago.