5 Things in Easton That Could Cost More in 2013
City Council could raise several fees in Easton's new budget.
As Easton City Council has reviewed its 2013 budget, a lot of the focus has been on the city's proposed changes for its parking meters, which include raising the rates to $1 per hour.
But Easton could also increase some other fees next year. Here are five things it could cost more to do in 2013, according to the updated city code released at Tuesday night's council meeting:
- Be a licensed plumber. The fee for a master plumber's license would go from $75 to $100, and from $50 to $75 for a journeyman plumber.
- Run a tattoo parlor. Anyone who opens a new tattoo parlor would have to pay $500 for an initial application, inspection and license fee, which is double the current amount. Existing tattoo parlors would see their yearly inspection and license fee go from $200 to $300.
- Run a restaurant. According to the city, the cost for a food establishment permit will go up $25. Currently, a place with less than 5,000 square feet pays $200, somewhere with more than 5,000 square feet pays $300. New establishments will see their initial application fee go from $100 to $150.
- Have your rental properties inspected. Budget figures show the city's inspection fees -- which vary depending on the time of year and number of rental units -- going up $10.
- Get a variance from the zoning hearing board. It used to cost $50 but will be $200 under the proposed budget.
City Council meets again at 6 tonight on the sixth floor of City Hall.