Sedro-Wooley, Wash. Boosts Fees For Food Trucks From $35 To $1,000

The City of Sedro-Wooley, Wash. raises business licenses for food trucks from $35 to $1,000 a year, according to The Seattle Times in Seattle, Wash. For the full story, click here.

Editor’s Insight: This is nearly a 300 percent fee increase for food trucks. Seattle, Wash. lawmakers should base fees on what it costs to enforce safety and sanitation rules.

Seattle officials note that brick and mortar retailers pay property taxes (provided they own the building) while food trucks do not. But the cost to the public for inspecting and providing safety and sanitation for a permanent building is much higher than for mobile vehicles.

The lawmakers need to consider whether or not this is a fair measure. 12-02-11