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January 11, 2012|By Mick Swasko, RedEye

The city's 2012 budget passed unanimously, and along with it, so did a list of changes to parking fines and fees for those who drive in the city.

Parking meters

The Loop (South side of Congress Parkway to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, north side of Wacker to the North, west side of Wacker to the west): $5.75 per hour, up from $5.

Central business district: (South side of Roosevelt to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, north side of North Avenue to the north and west side of Halsted Street to the west): $3.50 per hour, up from $3.

Everywhere else: $1.75 per hour, up from $1.50.

Parking garages and lots

A $2 tax on top of parking garage and lot hourly rates downtown is being charged starting this year.

Meter fines

Exceeding the two-hour limit in the central business district increased from $50 to $60. Expired meter fines in all other areas remain $50.

RPP tickets

The fine for failure to display a zoned residential parking permit increased from $60 to $75.

City sticker fees and fines

The fine for failure to display a city sticker jumped from $120 to $200. When all stickers expire in June, the fee for most vehicles increases from $75 to $85. For vehicles weighing 4,500 pounds or more, a sticker will increase from $120 to $135. Smaller-size trucks increase to $200, and large trucks will be $450 for a new sticker.

Vehicle impounds

If a vehicle is impounded during an arrest, the fine jumped from $1,000 to $2,000 to get the car back. The fine is $3,000 if the crime happens within 500 feet of a school.

Suspended or revoked licenses

The fine for driving without a valid license doubled from $500 to $1,000.

mswasko@tribune.com | @mickswasko

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