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Talk Back: Should a Yard Sale Require a Town Permit?

Who knew but it actually does. Is it right though?

The next time your neighbor has a yard sale, and won't come down on the price for the lawnmower you want, ask the to see their town permit for having  a sale.

It could just be the perfect negotiating tactic.

That's because the Town of Islip actually now requires residents to go down to town hall and get a $5 permit for having a yard sale.

This came as a bit of a shock to Patch, and this weekend we'll be checking out local sales just to see how this permit rule is being followed.

But in the meantime, what do you think of this? Is it a great way to solve the town's huge revenue issues? Or does it illustrate the 'nickel and dime' philosophy that many believe taxation is all about these days.

Take our poll and then flay away with your feedback in the comments section.

Big Joe August 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I believe the permit isn't for Town revenue but rather safety issues such as if the yard sale would take place on a main road where frequent gawking could result in traffic accidents. I believe it also prevents the homeowner that collects other people useless throw aways and tries to resell them every weekend on there premises. I know of certain houses on William Floyd Parkway and one on Lakeland avenue that has a garage sale every weekend. If I was there neighbor I could see it as bothersome. Without the proper permit the Town could shut you down. As long as people use common sense I dont think the Town is looking to right violations on their residents for having an innocent garage sale. But i the house is on Montauk HWY and leads to god forbid a person being hit by a car, without the permit someone could sue the person running the sale.
Judy Mottl August 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
You raise an interesting point and I'll check in with Islip to find out what the goal is behind the permit. Thanks for writing Big Joe :)
Big Joe August 23, 2012 at 07:11 PM
No problem... I for one am disgusted with all the useless fees. Recently someone stole my beach permit off my truck which was affixed to my license plate and I had to pay $25 for a replacement decal from the County, I guess the $94 I paid for the permit wasnt enough... They even made me get a police report prior to issuance of a replacement sticker. Fees, fees and more fees. Our taxes are high enough. I find it insulting that in order for me to take my kid to the Town playground at Sayville Beach I have to go get a park recreation card for (dont know the exact amount) $25 or so. Even though my license shows that I am sayville resident. I guess they need me to pay for the two (not 1 but 2) older gentlemen to stand guard so no non-permittees enter a public park.
KC - Sayville August 24, 2012 at 01:41 PM
And those older gentlemen are there from the crack of dawn till complete darkness....it's ridiculous. We should NOT have to get a rec card to our own park facility. And if you really want, you can just park on the street and walk in for free. So if you do the math - making minimum wage - we are paying approximately $11,000 for these two people to work there. Stupid. BTW - the permits for garage sales used to be $3.
KC August 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Its all about the Money!!! I am disgusted with the way the town sucks the life out of its most important people, us taxpayers!!! The town has no problem charging fees for things that im sure we are already paying for, just so they can give jobs to thier buddies at the parks and boat ramps.

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