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June 23, 2009

Yard sale fees to increase to $5 a day

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*

Special permit$75$400$75

* Starting in August

Source: Peabody city clerk

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