HOBOKEN -- The Hoboken City Council has ditched a proposed annual $1,250 fee for food truck vendors, according to a story on a local news website, but the rest of the $3,000 in proposed fees will remain.
The City Council recently voted to introduce legislation that would, among other restrictions, charge food truck vendors $4,250 total to operate in the city limits. The proposed fee would now be lowered to $3,000. As part of the process, city officials studied ordinances in approximately 15 other cities. Last week, food truck vendors spoke out against the originally proposed ordinance in a council committee meeting.
Currently, vendors pay approximately $500 for a permit to operate in the city. They also pay to feed parking meters all day. However, the $500 permit was designed for non-motorized food vendors, like a hot dog cart, according to city officials.
Also, instead of being forced to park 100 feet from a brick and mortar business, the new proposed ordinance will stipulate that the trucks have to be at least 75 feet from the business, according to the article.
The $2,500 enforcement fee and a $500 permit will remain in the legislation, Councilwoman Jen Giattino said in the story. - Ray Smith