State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, has proposed limiting the annual fee municipalities can charge food truck owners to $250 as a way to make it easier for the businesses to operate.
Buffalo charges $1,000 a year for an annual license, and six trucks have such licenses.
In a presentation earlier this month to Mayor Byron W. Brown’s accountability panel, Corporation Counsel Timothy A. Ball said that the city’s fee was comparable to other cities. Kennedy said, however, that fees in Cleveland and Chicago are lower.
The provision allowing food trucks in the city will expire in April if no action is taken by the Common Council, Ball said. The legislation has not been submitted to the Senate yet. If passed, it would not apply to New York City and would sunset after two years.