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Commuter Parking Fees to Increase in Dobbs Ferry

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Parking is at a premium in the Rivertowns including Dobbs Ferry, which will raise prices on its commuter parking permits in 2012.

Commuter parking permits will see a $35 price hike this year in Dobbs Ferry with the cost for an annual permit rising to $375 for village residents.  That cost jumped from $925 to $1,015 this year for non-residents of Dobbs Ferry.

“I guess this year, just based on the budget, the fact that the village hasn’t raised it in three years,” said Village Clerk Liz Dreaper of the decision to raise prices.  “I know they also did a comparison of what neighboring villages are charging for their parking fees and we were like the lowest of everybody.”

Dreaper said it was a combination of the factors that led to the decision by the village to raise the prices this year.  The Dobbs Ferry Police Department will begin selling 2012 commuter parking permits on Saturday.  Residents can buy permits starting at 9 a.m. at village hall with a check or money order.

The increase in price for the parking permits has not gone unnoticed by neighboring villages either.  Ardsley Mayor Peter Porcino even sent out a message to residents recently encouraging them to voice their opinions at Dobbs Ferry board meetings.

“This would mean an increase of approximately $140 for Ardsley residents and would bring annual fees to well over $1,000,” Porcino said of a proposed 15 percent price increase in the message.

Dreaper said many residents from neighboring villages came out to the Jan. 24 board of trustees meeting to protest such a price increase.

“Some Ardsley residents felt that was a large increase so they came up with a couple of different ideas,” she said.  “One lady said she would rather have an increase of increments each year rather than 15 percent all at once.”

The commuter parking permits are for the spots down by the waterfront at the Dobbs Ferry train station.  Residents can park there all day with a permit and non-residents can park there after 5 p.m. with a permit, according to police.

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