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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.

Fees

SalemBeverlyPeabody

Yard sale$10$10$5 per day*

Special permit$75$400$75

* Starting in August

Source: Peabody city clerk

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