Town of Oyster Bay approves increased parking fees
The Town of Oyster Bay has approved to increase parking fees, which could impact thousands of commuters on Long Island.
"I ask the board to think about getting up every day and spending 20 minutes missing your train, and then thinking that you just had to pay an increase in the permit you can't even use," Syosset resident Kevin McKenna told the Oyster Bay Town Board shortly before officials unanimously voted to increase parking fees at town commuter lots.
Opponents of the measure argue that there are simply not enough spots for everyone, meaning it's wrong for the town to ask for more money.
Commuters who don't live in villages will see their annual rate go from $10 dollars to $50. Those who do live in villages will now pay $120 dollars per year, instead of the $80 they're paying now.
It's a fair deal, says Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, that will only cost each commuter about 20 cents per day and shift the purden of paying for the lots away from homeowners who don't use them.
"It's important to generate the revenue that will lead us to create more spots," Saladino says. "And the earlier we get moving on this process, the quicker we can provide more spots to our residents."
A town spokesperson says permit renewal forms with the increased fee rates will be mailed out over the next few weeks.