The Cambridge City Council approved a plan to more than double the fee for a residential parking permit in the city Monday night.
The Council voted 8-1 in favor of increasing the fee from $8 to $20 beginning in 2011. The fee will then increase again in 2013 to $25.
The fee for the residential parking sticker had been $8 since 1992, and the increase next year is expected to generate about $480,000 in additional revenue for the city.
City Manager Robert Healy had recommended the increase during the summer saying that the additional revenue could be used to fund programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cambridge Mayor David Maher said he believes the fee increase is reasonable given that it has been almost 20 years since the last time the fee went up.
“Nobody likes to see fees increased…but on this particular one I do see the public benefit,” said Maher.
But City Councilor Tim Toomey cast the lone vote against the fee hike, calling it an unfair increase at a time when many people are enduring economic hardship.
“I think it’s a slap to the residents of the city,” Toomey said.
After receiving emails from some people who said they would be willing to pay more for their residential parking stickers, however, Toomey proposed an amendment that was adopted by the council that will allow residents to pay even more for the fee, if they desire.