Disabled residents in a northern New Jersey town will have to start paying for handicapped parking.

Passaic has introduced an ordinance which would charge the city’s 237 disabled residents $50 for a handicapped spot on their street. Those who already have spots can pay $50 to upgrade to a personalized sign.

The city used to install the signs for free and didn’t charge residents to renew them. The city estimates it costs $650 to install one sign.

City Council President Gary Schaer tells The Record newspaper the city needs every penny to keep taxes from rising. Schaer says the price is less than $1 a week.

Mayor Alex Blanco says the city also wants to dissuade residents from applying for permits because parking is at a premium.

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