Fox River Grove Eliminates Vehicle Stickers
In addition to easing the financial burden on residents, the elimination of vehicle stickers was a practical step taken for several other reasons. First, vehicle stickers were originally established as a way to ensure a dedicated stream of revenue for road resurfacing, but the program generated $56,000 annually, or about 12% of road resurfacing costs. The Village is now in a financial position where these funds are not
needed for road purposes. Second, obtaining full compliance with the program proved to be a difficult task. In an average year, 25% of the households in the Village elected not to purchase stickers, leading to an estimated $15,000 - $20,000 in uncollected revenue. Lastly, the collection and distribution process of the vehicle sticker program was a very labor-intensive process for a small staff.
Acting Village President McLaughlin summarized the decision by stating “The Village Board wanted to find a way to try to help its residents financially. Eliminating vehicle stickers is a step in that direction.”