The Riverhead Town Board is discussing a proposal to cut by half the $100 penalty fees for local parking tickets.

The suggestion, which came from the town’s Parking District Advisory Committee, was discussed Thursday at the board’s work session.

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Riverhead Town Councilman Tim Hubbard, the board’s liaison for the committee, said the group’s suggestion was to cut the penalty fees, which he called “very steep.”

“If you have a $100 ticket after going out to dinner, you might not come back to Riverhead,” Hubbard said.

After some discussion, board members agreed to lower the fines to the $50 range. Parking ticket fees go into the town’s general fund, but board members also discussed the possibility of putting the money into the town’s parking district funds.
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said he had always advocated for setting the parking ticket fees at $50.