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Fun in the sun could be ever-so-slightly more expensive this summer in Ocean City, Md.

Tourists travelling to Ocean City, Md., this summer may be paying a little more out of pocket when it comes to parking. A proposal on the table may not sit well with both tourists and locals alike.

The Mayor and City Council have proposed a 50 cent rate increase to $3 an hour for parking at the inlet. Another proposal would place parking meters on three streets that have historically been free to park.

This has angered some members of the community, who feel singled out.

"Everybody has a tendency to say, 'Why didn't you do that to them?'" says Mayor Rick Meehan. "And we re not trying to do anything to anybody. What we are doing is trying to keep the city sound."

The three streets were handpicked by the city as being ones that are often used by daytrippers to just park all day for free. The city hopes to chip away at the money it needs to balance its budget by creating these new revenue streams, which town officials estimate will bring in almost a quarter million dollars.

More than 60 percent of the city's income comes from property taxes, and with assessments declining for the second straight cycle, residents and visitors may be forced to pay a little more for things they've come to expect in Ocean City, like clean streets and a reasonably-priced parking spot close to the beach.

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