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Date Introduced: 9/8/2005
Date Passed:
12/21/2005

Sponsors:
Suffredin
Co-Sponsors:
Gorman

Summary:

This amendment updates the wheel tax for vehicle owners residing in the unincorporated area of Cook County. The amendment updates the definition of the type of vehicles covered, the procedure for compliance, the fees charged and the penalty for ordinance violation.

 


Activity Log:

9/8/2005
Referred to the Finance Committe
12/14/2005
Approved by the Finance Committe

Full Text of Legislation:

06-O-

ORDINANCE

Sponsored by

THE HONORABLE LARRY SUFFREDIN AND ELIZABETH ANN DOODY GORMAN,

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

AMENDMENT TO THE WHEEL TAX ORDINANCE

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, that Sections 61-76 of Chapter 13 of the Cook County Code be amended as follows.

 

13-61      Definitions

 

For the purposes of this Ordinance the following terms are defined as follows:

 

            (a)     “Bus” means a motor vehicle designed for carrying more than ten passengers and used for the transportation of persons.

 

            (b)     “Larger passenger automobile” means a passenger automobile with a curb weight of at least 4,500 pounds, as determined by the vehicle’s manufacturer.  Ambulances and hearses of more than thirty-five horsepower are incorporated in the definition of larger passenger automobile.

 

            (c)     “Moped” means a vehicle capable of being powered by either the muscular power of man or as a motor vehicle at the discretion of the operator.  For the purpose of licensing, a moped shall be licensed as a motor vehicle.

 

            (d)     “Motor truck” means a motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.

 

            (e)     “Motor Vehicle” means any vehicle including motor bicycle or motor tricycle propelled otherwise than by the muscular power of man or animal, except such as run on rails or tracks.

 

            (f)     “Owner” includes a lessee, licensee, or bailee of a motor vehicle having the exclusive use thereof, under a lease or other similar contractual agreement for a period of not less than thirty days.

 

            (g)     “Recreational vehicle” means every motor vehicle originally designed or permanently converted and used for living quarters or for human habitation, a “motor home” and not used as a commercial motor vehicle.

 

            (h)     “Residing within the unincorporated area of Cook County” means owning, leasing, or otherwise the controlling of property or a place of business wherein motor vehicles, trailers, or semi-trailers are stored, repaired, serviced, loaded or unloaded within the unincorporated area of Cook County in connection with such business.


 

            (i)      “Semi-trailer” means a vehicle designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that some part of its weight and that its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle.

 

            (j)      “Smaller passenger automobile” means a passenger automobile with a curb weight of less than 4,500 pounds, as determined by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

 

            (k)     “Tractor” means any motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing other vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.

 

            (l)      “Trailer” means a vehicle designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.

 

13-62      License Requirement

 

It shall be unlawful for any motor vehicle owner residing within the unincorporated area of Cook County to own, possess, use, or to cause or permit any of his agents, employees, lessees, or bailees to use any motor vehicle upon the unincorporated area of Cook County, unless such vehicle be licensed as hereinafter provided.

 

13-63      Application

 

Any person desiring a license for any such motor vehicle or other vehicle shall file an application with the Department of Revenue (Department) in the Bureau of Finance, upon a form provided therefor, which shall set forth the name and address of the applicant, a description of the vehicle for which the license is desired, the place where the same is to be kept when not in use, the number and kinds of other vehicles kept by the said applicant at such place, and in the case of an application for a license for a motor vehicle, for what purpose the same is to be used, and such other information as may be prescribed.

 

13-64   Exemptions

 

All vehicles owned and operated upon the public ways of the unincorporated area of Cook County by the United States Government or any agency thereof, or by the State of Illinois or any department thereof, or by any political subdivision, public or municipal corporation of the State of Illinois or any department or other agency of such corporation, or by a nonprofit organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, such as the American Red Cross, and all buses owned and operated by churches in conjunction with the authorized activities of said institutions under Section 3-616 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, shall be exempt from the vehicle tax.  Every exempt vehicle, except those vehicles owned by the County of Cook which are used by said government agencies in confidential or undercover investigatory services or by an officer of any said agencies as the officer’s official car shall have the name of the owner painted in letters at least 1 1/2 inches in length in a conspicuous place on the outside of each side of the vehicle; provided that in lieu of such identification every vehicle which is exempt from payment of the state motor vehicle registration fee, shall have a license plate or emblem as provided in Sections 66 and 67 herein and every vehicle owned by the United States government or any agency thereof, which is not identified as required in this article, shall have such license plate or emblem.  All license plates or emblems for vehicles exempt from payment of the vehicle tax (a “Z” emblem) shall be furnished by the Department at no charge.


 

13-65   Issuance

 

Upon the payment by the applicant of the license fee hereinafter provided, the County shall issue, or cause to be issued, a license authorizing the use of such vehicle within the unincorporated area of Cook County.

 

13-66   Fee Schedule

 

Annual license fees shall be as follows:

 

MOTOR VEHICLES

 

Class                                                                                                      Annual License Fee

 

MB                  Motor bicycles or motor tricycles………………...                      $25.00

XSV                 Smaller passenger vehicles with a

                        curb weight under 4,500 pounds…………………                       $40.00

XLV                 Larger passenger vehicles with a curb weight of at

                        least 4,500 pounds and hearses, ambulances, and

                        privately owned, non-commercial motorized vacation

                        camper or other motorized recreation vehicle……                       $50.00

PH                   Physically Handicapped Individuals (Required proof

                        of registration with the State of Illinois under

                        Chapter 95 ½, Section 3-616)………                                          No Fee

DV                   Disabled Veterans (Required proof of service

                        connected disability)…………………………………                  No Fee

Z                      School, Church and nonprofit buses (as defined in

                        Section 13-64).......................................................................... No Fee

M                     Municipally Owned Vehicles………………………...                 No Fee

SB                    Privately Owned School Buses……………………….                $15.00

 

Recreational Trailers

 

RT                   All non-commercial recreational trailers including

                        boat trailers, snow mobile trailers, horse trailers,

                        camping trailers and other non-commercial, non-

                        motorized recreational trailers including campers……                  $30.00

 

Commercial Trailers

 

CT                   All commercial trailers regardless of gross weight in

                        pounds of vehicles maximum load……………………                 $75.00

 


 

MOTOR TRUCKS, TRACTOR-SEMI TRAILER UNITS

AND MOTOR BUSES

 

Gross Weight in Pounds of Vehicle Plus Its Maximum Load

 

Class                                                                                                      Annual License Fee

 

A                     Up to 10,000 lbs……………………………….                        $50.00

B                      10,001 to 20,000 lbs……………………………                        $75.00

C                      20,001 to 36,000 lbs… (2 or more axles)………                        $90.00

D                     36,001 to 50,000 lbs… (3 or more axles)………                      $100.00

E                      50,001 to 75,000 lbs… (4 or more axles)………                      $115.00

 

A self propelled vehicle operated as a tractor and one semi-trailer shall be considered as one vehicle in computing the above license fees, and no additional license fee shall be required for said semi-trailer so used.

 

The owner of each vehicle who has elected to pay a mileage tax to the State of Illinois shall be required to be licensed as this Ordinance provided.

 

A semi-trailer used with any device for attaching it to a motor vehicle, a trailer, or other semi-trailer, shall be licensed as a trailer.

 

All equipment mounted on wheels for transportation and attached to any motor vehicle or leading semi-trailer or trailer, using the public ways of the unincorporated area of Cook County, shall be licensed hereunder as trailers.

 

If any such vehicle has been purchased or lawfully acquired by the applicant on or after the 1st day of December of any current year, the fee to be paid shall be a sum equal to one-half of the annual license fee hereinbefore specified as a license fee for the balance of such year.  Before any applicant shall be entitled to a prorated license as provided for in this section, the said applicant shall furnish an affidavit in form satisfactory to the Department stating that the vehicle for which the license is applied for was purchased or otherwise obtained by the applicant on or after the 1st day of December of the current year, and shall exhibit to the Department the bill of sale covering the vehicle for which license is sought.

 

13.66.1                        Persons over Age Sixty-Five

 

License fees for motor vehicles in Classes XSV and XLV, excluding ambulances and hearses, owned by persons 65 years of age and older shall, upon satisfactory proof of age, be charged a one-time fee of $5.00 for the duration of the ownership of such vehicle.  Such discount is limited to two (2) cars owned by the same owner.

 

13.66.2                        Effective Dates

 

This Ordinance shall be effective on the 1st day of January, 2006 and thereafter.

 

13.66.3                        Annual License

 

Annual licenses must be displayed by the 1st day of July.  Said licenses shall be valid until the 30th day of June in the following year.


 

13-67               Motor Bicycle Plate

 

The Department shall deliver to the holder of a license for a motor bicycle, motor tricycle, or trailer, a metal plate or other license emblem which shall bear the word Cook County and a number identical with the number of the license the name of the class to which such vehicle belongs and the year for which such license is issued.

 

When such metal plate or other license emblem is delivered to the holder of a license for a motor bicycle, motor tricycle, or trailer, it shall be the duty of such licensee to affix such plate or other license emblem in a conspicuous position so that the said plate or other license emblem can be easily seen upon the rear end of such motor bicycle, motor tricycle, or trailer.

 

13-68               Window Sticker

 

Except for those who receive a sticker under Section 66.1 of this Ordinance, the Department shall deliver to the holder of any license for any automobile, motor truck, motor ambulance or hearse, motor coach or motor bus, a sticker license emblem, which shall bear the words “Vehicle Sticker” and County of Cook and the numerals designating the year for which such license is issued, and a number identical with the number of such license.

 

Such sticker emblem shall be affixed, in accordance with the instructions printed thereon which are made a part hereof, and without the use of supplemental adhesives, at the lower right-hand corner of the inside of the glass portion of the windshield of such motor vehicle, approximately one inch from the right-hand lower sections of the frame of such windshield.

 

The Department shall change annually the predominant background colors of such sticker emblems.

 

The Department shall deliver to the holder of any license issued under Section 66.1 of this Ordinance a sticker license emblem which shall bear the words “Vehicle Sticker” and County of Cook, the name of the County Board President, and a number identical with the number of such license.

 

13-69               Removal Upon Sale

 

Immediately upon the sale of any vehicle licensed under this Ordinance, when such sale is made prior to the date of expiration of such license, the vendor shall remove the license tag, plate, transparent sticker, or other license emblem from the vehicle so sold.

 

Except where a vehicle has been regularly transferred as hereinafter provided in Section 13-71 herein, it shall be the duty of the purchaser of any used automobile or other vehicle to remove and deliver to the vendor or the vendor’s agent immediately any license tag, plate, transparent sticker or other license emblem which may be attached to such vehicle at the time of the purchase thereof, when the vendor of such vehicle may have refused, failed or omitted to detach from such vehicle as hereinafter required.  It shall be unlawful for any such purchaser to use, sell or offer sale such used automobile or other vehicle without first having removed all license tags, plates, transparent stickers or other license emblems.


 

13-70               Unlawful Use on Another Vehicle

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to affix or cause to be affixed any license tag, plate, transparent sticker or other license emblem to any automobile or other vehicle other than the vehicle to which such license tag, plate, transparent sticker or other license emblem was intended to be affixed at the time of the issuance thereof by the Department.

 

13-71               Transfer

 

Whenever the owner of any vehicle licensed under this Ordinance, before the expiration of such license, sells or otherwise disposes of such vehicle, and thereafter acquires another vehicle and desires to transfer the vehicle license originally issued for the vehicle disposed of to such newly-acquired vehicle, such owner shall immediately make application to the Department for a transfer of said vehicle license to the newly-purchased vehicle.  Said application shall state the name and address of the licensee and the name and address of the purchaser of said vehicle, together with a description of the newly-purchased vehicle.  Upon surrender of the original license and transparent sticker or vehicle tag in case a metal tag has been issued, or upon proof that the transparent sticker or plate has been destroyed, the Department shall transfer said license to apply to the new-acquired vehicle upon payment of the proper license fee of $10.00, provided, that the Department shall not transfer any license where the transparent sticker emblem issued under said license is defaced or mutilated so as to prevent identification of the emblem.  It shall be unlawful for any person to displace a transparent sticker emblem on any vehicle other than the vehicle for which the emblem was originally issued, without first transferring the license to such other vehicle, as provided herein.

 

The owner of any vehicle licensed under this Ordinance shall promptly notify the Department whenever the transparent sticker emblem issued under such license is lost, stolen or destroyed.  A duplicate transparent sticker may be purchased from the Department for $20.00.

 

13-72               Dealer License

 

If any manufacturer or dealer Of any of the motor vehicles mentioned in this Ordinance shall make application to the Department and shall state that the manufacturer or dealer is a manufacturer operating a plant for the construction of motor vehicles within the unincorporated area of Cook County, or a dealer in such motor vehicles with a salesroom located within the unincorporated area of Cook County, and desires a license emblem to be used by the dealer or it manufacturer, the Department shall upon payment by such applicant of the fee hereinafter set for to such manufacturer or dealer a distinctive license plate or transparent sticker license emblem with a number thereon.  Said emblem must be attached to or borne by any such motor vehicles while being operated on the streets of the unincorporated area of Cook County.  When any such vehicle is in use and carries such license plate or transparent sticker license emblem, no other license fee shall be collected under the provision of this Ordinance.

 

The annual license fee to be paid for each such license plate or transparent sticker license emblem shall be $20.00, and said fee shall not be prorated.


 

Every manufacturer or dealer applying for said plates or transparent sticker license emblems must submit to the Department satisfactory proof of the person’s status as such manufacturer or dealer and satisfactory proof of the number of sets of dealer’s plates issued to the application by the State of Illinois; provided that no license plates or transparent sticker license emblems shall be issued under this article unless the applicant is in possession of an Illinois dealer’s license for the current year.  The total number of license plates and transparent sticker license emblems that may be obtained under this article shall not exceed the number of sets of dealer’s license plates issued to the applicant by the state.

 

No such license, plate or emblem shall be used on any motor vehicle rented by such manufacturer or dealer, or on any vehicle used to transport persons or property for hire, or on any vehicle unless such vehicle is operated under a dealer’s license issued by the State of Illinois and to which both state license plates are attached.

 

13-73               Business Vehicle Identification

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to use or to cause or permit any of a person’s employees to use any motor vehicle, or other vehicle, in the transportation of property upon the public ways of the unincorporated area of Cook County unless such vehicle shall have the name and address of the owner thereof, and a serial number distinguishing said vehicle from any other vehicle controlled or used by the same person plainly painted, in the letters at least one and one-half inches in length, in a conspicuous place on the outside of such vehicle, provided that any such person using and operating in the unincorporated area of Cook County more than five such vehicles may cause such name and serial number to be painted on each vehicle as foresaid in letter not less than three inches in length and omit therefrom the address of such person; provided, further, that in event if such vehicle is used or operated continuously by a lessee or bailee or other person having complete control over such vehicle, instead of the owner thereof, the name and address and serial number or name and serial number, as the case may be, of such lessee, bailee or other person using and operating said vehicle may be used as if the person were the owner thereof.  Such name, address and serial number, or name and serial number, as the case may be, shall be kept so painted, plainly and distinctly, at all times while such vehicle is in use on the public ways of the unincorporated area of Cook County. This section shall not be construed as applying to any motor vehicle, or other vehicle which is used exclusively for non commercial purposes.

 

13-74               Right to Inspect

 

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police are hereby authorized to issue citations to any vehicle registered to an address in unincorporated Cook County on the public way in unincorporated Cook County that is not displaying a Cook County vehicle sticker and furthermore, officers of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police shall have the authority to enter the following places for purposes of ascertaining whether vehicles parked therein are in compliance with this Ordinance and issue citations accordingly:

 

(i)   Any parking lot that is open to pedestrian traffic.

 

Nothing in this section authorizes any officer to force, break, or remove any lock or door in order to gain entry to any of the foregoing places.

 

13-75   Penalty for Ordinance Violation

 

(a) Late Fee


 

Any person or motor vehicle as defined in 13-61 or 13-62 who purchases a license after the effective day shall pay a late fee penalty equal to the amount due for the license fee but not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per license whichever is more.  Persons over Age Sixty-Five, physically handicapped individuals or disabled veterans shall not be charged more than $25.00 for a late fee.

 

(b) Back dated fees

 

Any person or motor vehicle as defined in 13-61 or 13-62 who did not purchase a license after the effective date may be required to pay the entire amount of fees due for each of the prior three years that the fee had not been paid.

 

(c) Penalty for Failure to Properly Display Sticker

 

Any owner, driver or motor vehicle in violation of these provisions requiring a license shall be fined not less than seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per offense nor more than one hundred fifty ($150) per offense.

 

Purchase of a license after the due date shall not result in an order of compliance discharge or a finding of not guilty by any court or administrative hearing and penalties and fines, contained herein shall be mandatory.

 

13-76   Penalty for Unlawful Removal

 

Except as otherwise provided in 50 ILCS 45/80, any person who shall take, destroy, remove, or obliterate any license tag, plate or emblem provided for in this Ordinance, without the consent of the owner of the vehicle, shall be fined not less than $200.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense.  Every such wrongful destruction, obliteration or removal of such license tag, plate or emblem from any vehicle shall be considered a separate offense.

 

Except as otherwise provided in 50 ILCS 45/80, any person violating any provision of this Ordinance where the penalty is not otherwise herein provided for shall be fined not less than $50.00 dollars nor more than $200.00 for each offense.  A separate and distinct offense shall be considered as committed for each and every day any wagon or vehicle is used upon the public ways of the unincorporated area of Cook County without having procured a license and without having complied with the provisions of this Ordinance.

 

The license and fees herein imposed is in addition to all other taxes imposed by the Government of the United States, the State of Illinois or by any unit of local government.

 

Approved and adopted this 21st day of December 2005.

 

________________________________

JOHN H. STROGER, JR., President

Cook County Board of Commissioners

(S E A L)

 

Attest: 

DAVID ORR, County Clerk


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