Emanuel to call for higher parking fines, towing fees

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to increase certain parking fines and vehicle impoundment storage fees to raise nearly $10 million as part of his effort to close a projected $339 million budget gap for next year, City Hall officials announced today.

The new fines would be part of a proposed $32.9 million tax, fee and fine boosting package that includes a 75-cent increase in the city tax on a pack of cigarettes, a 50 percent increase in the amusement tax rate on cable TV service and higher fees for zoning applications on large projects, as well as those filed on paper in person rather than electronically. The mayor does not plan to include any other tax, fee or fine increases expected when he proposes his 2014 budget on Wednesday, said Kelley Quinn, a spokeswoman for the city Budget Department.

The announcement of the higher fines and fees came about an hour before top budget officials were set to start briefing aldermen on the spending plan. The new parking fines and towing fees are as follows: *A $50 increase, to $75, for parking a recreational vehicle, truck, taxi or bus on a residential street. That fine was last changed in 1990. *A $50 increase, to $250, for parking a car in a disabled zone. That fee was last increased in 2005. *A $40 increase, to $100, for parking on streets during rush hour where not allowed. It’s unclear when that fine was last changed, Quinn said. *A $10 increase, to $60, for parking in a street cleaning zone on days when cleaning is done. That fine was last increased in 1996. *A $10 increase, to $110, for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. That fine was last increased in 2000. *A doubling of the storage fee for impounded vehicles, to $20 a day, for the first five days. After five days, the fee is $35 a day, and that’s not changing. The current daily fee has been in place for 11 years, Quinn said. The increased fines are expected to raise $8.7 million. The higher towing storage fees are expected to bring in $1.2 million.
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