A few questions about the new parking system

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The new parking, vehicle license and permit system implemented in Oak Park has me questioning what real benefit it is providing to residents. I understand this is a new program for which we have been assessed a higher fee for the vehicle license, and monies have been saved by not printing and mailing stickers for both the vehicle license and parking permits, but how is this new system actually improving the parking situation? 

In village lots, you could tell previously if a car should be parked as it had a permit. Now you cannot. Aside perhaps from high volume downtown areas, how often does parking enforcement patrol the other lots? 

I have seen warning cards on cars saying they shouldn't be parked in the area and could get a ticket. Seriously? Aren't all the signs that clearly state hours, permit zones, etc. and have been there for years not a warning? 

What about the Oak Parkers who hide their cars in garages, never ever having purchased a vehicle sticker? Are they going to be caught? I have seen no information about this program published so residents know how it works and what they are paying for. Why?

Nancy Stein 

Oak Park 

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