PEABODY — It is going to cost a little more to clean out the attic in Peabody.
The City Council recently approved a $3 increase in what it charges for a yard sale permit. It will cost residents $5 a day beginning in August, said City Clerk Tim Spanos, who proposed the increase. The council still needs to formally adopt the change at a meeting next month.
Over the course of a year, Spanos' office issues between 275 and 300 yard sale permits a year. The last time the city increased the fee was in 1983.
"I don't think $5 is out of line with what other cities and towns are doing in the area," Spanos said yesterday.
Salem and Beverly charge $10 for a permit.
Spanos also proposed raising the cost of Peabody's special permit filing fee from $75 to $100. The last adjustment to the fee came in 1997.
"Since the last increase, costs have increased considerably regarding postage, cost of office supplies and staff time," Spanos wrote in a letter to councilors.
The council's Finance Committee will review the increase along with Spanos' suggestion that the city attach a fee to applications to amend a zoning regulation. Currently, there is no fee. The petitioner only pays for the legal notice to be advertised in the newspaper.
"Zoning is time-consuming, (and) takes up a lot of staff time from several city departments including the Community Development Department, Planning Board and City Clerk," Spanos wrote to the council. He has recommended petitioners pay a $200 filing fee plus all legal notice costs.
Last year, the council raised various license fees to compensate for increased inspection requirements and rising fuel and manpower costs.
Yard sale$10$10$5 per day*
* Starting in August
Source: Peabody city clerk