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updated: 1/30/2014 10:43 AM

Hoffman Estates ends vehicle sticker program

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As of this week, the vehicle sticker is officially extinct in Hoffman Estates.

Of course, most residents haven't had a need for one since 1996.

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But at the village board's finance committee meeting Monday, trustees agreed to eliminate the last kind of vehicle sticker -- those required for large, construction-type vehicles over 8,000 pounds.

This final category was aimed at large vehicles headquartered in the village, such as those of Plote Construction.

But the amount of revenue the stickers were generating had dwindled to the point that they're hardly worth the effort of enforcement, Mayor Bill McLeod said.

In 2013, the village issued only 59 of the stickers -- down from 70 the year before -- and received $4,490 for them.

Yet, the sending of reminder letters, processing the applications and collecting the fees consume about 40 hours of staff time per year.

The police department also confirmed that it saw no benefit in continuing to require the stickers.

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