The Village of Riverside Finance Department recently took advantage
of GIS (Geographic Information System) in an effort to assess were
village stickers had not been purchased nor renewed. Village stickers
are required for all vehicles that are registered to a Riverside address
and a new sticker is required every year. Sticker fees range from $65
to $95 depending on the type of vehicle.
Initially a review of purchases in the previous year was performed in
the Finance office to identify businesses that did not renew their
stickers. Next GIS was utilized to compare all residential addresses
against those that did purchase a 2009 sticker. This allowed for
creation of a map of addresses where stickers were not purchased as well
as a spreadsheet of those locations from which a mailing could be sent
to remind those individuals and potentially to focus ticketing efforts
at those locations. Significant penalties are enforced upon individuals
who do not purchase a sticker after which they may purchase a current
year sticker. The village web page concerning village stickers is
available here or under the ‘For Residents’ tab on the
www.riverside.il.us home page.
Considering penalty fees and potential new applicants a modest
estimate of generated revenue to the village resulting from these
efforts would be thousands of dollars. This use of GIS is a prime
example of the decision support capabilities of the technology as it
directs the efforts and attention of this village program.