Last fall, the city put 12 hybrid Honda Civics on the streets. Now there’s another hybrid in the coveted front row parking spot at City Hall, and it has Iowa license plates, a Chicago White Sox license frame and an Iowa Hawkeyes sticker on it. That would make it City Manager Robert Layton’s car — a hybrid Mercury Mariner. (Layton calls Chicago home, but worked in Iowa for a bit more than 25 years.)
When the city rolled out the Civics, it said the cars would $8,400 a year in fuel. But the cars cost $22,782, which is more than the old cars the city bought, so it will take a while — about five years — for the cash savings to be felt.