City stickers will now cost an arm AND a leg

Column by Hallie Beard, Junior from Louisville, Ky.

After May 31, 2016, the price of city stickers in Murray will increase by $100 for a whopping total of $150.

When I first heard this, I’d hoped it was just a rumor, but a phone call to city hall confirmed the monstrosity and crushed my dreams.

I had a twinkling of hope when the woman on the phone said, “It’s a late fee,” speaking about the massive increase. Sneaky lingo doesn’t fool me, though – that “late fee” is the new price for the batch of city stickers to expire May 2017.

Hoping the city would cut us a deal, I asked if the post-May 31 price also applied to students. As I feared, anyone residing “within the city limits of Murray” has to purchase a sticker, as usual – students included.

While I don’t know why the price has increased, I imagine it has to do with the city of Murray needing a little extra cash. That’s understandable, and as a part-time resident, I want to see Murray flourish and be able to do what it needs to do.

However, not all students of Murray State are permanent residents of Murray, and I don’t think it’s right to force us to pay yet another hundred bucks when we already have outrageous dues to pay the university, an entirely separate entity.

Between parking tags, parking tickets, city stickers and housing, we fork over hundreds, even thousands of dollars just to legally exist here.

Housing is expensive no matter what, I know, but having to pay for something like a city sticker each year is excessive, especially for non-Kentucky residents who only live in the state for eight months out of the year.

Maybe this sounds like whining, but hear me out: isn’t it a little twisted that the people visiting the city (students in this case) have to bear the weight of its financial burdens?

Don’t get me wrong – Murray State students love Murray, and I think we know that the success of our university is related to the well-being of the city that holds us. But come the end of the semester, we’re not residents anymore. Most of us return to our homes hundreds of miles away and try to make back a fraction of the money we’ve spent while at school.

Students shouldn’t necessarily be exempt from city stickers, but we should at least get a more sizable discount. It’s a fee that has essentially no purpose for us – unlike university fees, or even the overpriced parking tags, we don’t know where the money goes or why we really, truly need to pay for it.

I think beneath all the money and frustration, though, there’s a bigger problem at hand: why does the city of Murray need to make such a drastic price increase in that shiny little sticker?

I’d like to find out what spurred this sudden influx and how this was a better option than a more gradual change or a plan that excluded university students.

In the meantime, go get your $50 sticker at city hall before June 1 unless you want to sacrifice a pretty penny.

Happy spending!

4 Comments on "City stickers will now cost an arm AND a leg"

  1. If you purchase your city sticker before May 31st it will still be the normal price of $50. Only the late fee has increased, hence what city hall said. Anyone that purchases their sticker after the deadline of May 31st will have to pay the increased late fee.

  2. "isn’t it a little twisted that the people visiting the city (students in this case) have to bear the weight of its financial burdens?"
    …um yes that makes complete sense. If 10,000 cars/more people flood into a city to "visit" 8 months of the year (for 4+ years), using the roads, polluting the air, using public services/parks, and then just up and leave again, that makes sense they too should pay. Its like how most European countries charge a fee to drive your car over the border…as soon as you are using their publicly paid for roads, you too should contribute to the cost of upkeep. Welcome to life, its expensive.

  3. If you are not living here during the summer and "move here" during August you dont pay fhe late fee. People need to gst the facts before they post BS. If yoj live in fhe dorm, you should be exempt from city sticker. If you live off campus the just moved in rule applies. If you sit on your but and dont get it before May 31— tough luck

  4. the students of MSU doesn't even park on the city roads they have their own parking lots. what would Murray do if it wasn't for the university which brings in alot of money already for the city such as shopping and eating out. it has the ballgames which produces more people to shop before the game as well as eating out and then there is the band activities which includes shopping and eating out, i know this for a fact because i am one who does all of this. i think the students should at least get a discounted price.

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