WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - Driving around with an out-of-state license plate in Waterbury?

You soon could be fined $250 for it. It's been a problem for years.

It's easy to spot them, cars on the road with an out-of-state license plate.

It's not a new problem, but lately there's been an influx of New York plates.

Many New Yorkers moved to the Brass City during the pandemic.

"We welcome them. We hope they stay here for a long time. We love gaining new residents, but if you're going to come here, you're going to use our services, just do what everybody else is doing," District 4 Alderman Michael Digiovancarlo tells us.

Digiovancarlo just finished his freshman term as a state representative.

He helped get SB 2-61 passed and signed into law, which opened the door for towns and cities to create local citations for out-of-state plates.

The Brass City is close to creating theirs.

The plan right now is to amend city code and create a $250 fine.

The violator will also appear to a hearing.

First-time violators who transfer their plates before their hearing can avoid the fine.

The public has the chance to weigh in on this before the next board of aldermen meeting on August 16.

Digiovancarlo says it's just about making sure everyone is paying the fees and taxes they should.

"We're just asking you to do what residents in Waterbury have been doing for a long time," Digiovancarlo says.

Waterburians Eyewitness News talked to about this are in support of the amendment change.

"Connecticut, this is the tax-you-to-death state. I'm just going to tell you and it's a killer, but I know we have to pay. We have to get our roads fixed and the highways," Waterbury resident Vernecia Gatling added.

The public hearing for this is set for August 16 at 6:50 p.m. on zoom. Again, this is right before the board of aldermen meeting.

During that meeting, the board will vote on the amendment.

If the amendment passes in the next board of aldermen meeting, enforcement of the new fine could start in October. 

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