If NYS Senator Tim Kennedy gets his way, food trucks in Buffalo will be paying less fees to operate each year, legislation that he says will help to drive the growth of the local food truck industry, rather than stifle it. Kennedy points out that licenses and fees in Buffalo ($1000 a year) are more expensive than Chicago ($660 for 2 years) and Cleveland ($100), making Buffalo one of the most expensive cities to run a food truck. "Western New York and New York State are hungry for small business growth, but steep fees are putting the brakes on economic progress for the booming food truck industry," said Senator Kennedy. "Inflated municipal fees are holding back entrepreneurs and their ability to innovate and turn their ideas into jobs for local workers. By reducing and limiting fees on food trucks, we will unleash the growth potential of the industry, boost entrepreneurship and help put people to work."
Kennedy noted that the local food trucks make it easier for people working in parts of the city to access good, quality food - in places like the Medical Campus. The food trucks also help to make our waterfront festivals a success. In a country where the food truck movement is a growing industry, Buffalo needs to encourage these small businesses to open and thrive. "Fees for food trucks should be closer to those already charged on brick-and-mortar businesses - usually in the range of $100 to $200. To charge more for food trucks, who pay property taxes through their rental fees for commissaries, is unfair and stifles the growth of this innovative industry," said Kelly Brewer, owner of The Sweet Hearth (photo - Facebook
). "Senator Kennedy's proposal will put a necessary check in place to ensure that residents throughout the state have access to the diverse, affordable and delicious food options that food trucks provide."