City Council Approves New Food Truck Fee
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council failed to override a veto issued by Mayor Ardell Brede Monday night, but did approve a new fee schedule for the operators of food trucks in the city.
Earlier this month, the Council approved revisions to a city ordinance to allow for food trucks in the downtown area, but the Mayor vetoed an associated resolution that established a graduated fee schedule for food truck operators that called for a payment of $750 dollars the first year, with the fee rising in two steps to $1350 dollars in the third year.
Mayor Brede indicated he was opposed to phasing in the higher fee, noting the operators of other restaurants and new businesses are required to pay the full price when they obtain necessary permits. The City Council eventually approved a resolution that set the fee at a straight $1250 dollars per year.
The revised food truck ordinance is scheduled to come up for its final reading and vote by the City Council in early June.