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Leominster Doubles Marriage License Fee to $30 July 1

March 26, 2019

LEOMINSTER -- After maintaining the marriage intention license application fee at $15 for over a decade, the City Clerk’s office is poised to begin charging $30 beginning on July 1.

“It can take away between 30 minutes and an hour for each application,” City Clerk Katelyn Huffman said of the reason for doubling the fee.

Completing the application by the clerk’s staff includes issuing a couple’s marriage license, said Huffman, adding that between 360 and 480 couples secure licenses each year.

“It goes up and down from year-to-year,” she said.

She began the process of examining the idea of increasing some of the fees the clerk’s office charges residents for various service when she was appointed last July.

Huffman said that before she attempted to raise the marriage intention license application fee, she checked with clerks in the region and found that most charged $25 for the same service.

She originally proposed the fee at $25 but during the meeting when the City Council met on March 11 to discuss raising the fee, Ward 3 Councilor David Cormier proposed an amendment making the fee $30.

Several councilors raised concerns about the doubling of the fee, but Cormier’s proposal was adopted.

Huffman has also proposed dropping the dog license fee of $10/15 for service dogs.

She said that she is looking into increasing several other fees for services provided by her office.

Those will be announcef later, she said.