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Food cart vendors might have to pay more fees

ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- If you're looking to grab a hot dog or other quick snack from food carts around Rochester this spring, you might be out of luck.

That's because of a proposal made at the Rochester Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.The city council is considering raising vendor licenses from $150 to $850.

Some downtown food establishments claim vending carts have a competitive edge over restaurants, because they don't have to pay property taxes and other licensure fees.

Up to six food carts would be allowed licenses in the downtown area, excluding outside any of the Mayo Clinic buildings.

City council president, Denny Hanson, said he isn't so sure it's such a good idea to raise the rates.

"I think that's my concern. I want to hear the fact of the justification as to why it is that high. Again, we don't want to be turning away business, because we are trying to turn downtown Rochester into a vibrant place to go during the summer months," said Hanson.













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