GEORGETOWN, MA – The Board of Selectmen declined adding an additional fee for food trucks seeking a license to operate in town.
Selectmen voted unanimously at their meeting on March 25 to set the mobile food truck license fee to zero dollars. Selectman Tracy Watson was absent from the meeting.
Such businesses will, however, be subject to the town’s standard licensing fees and associated Health Department fees for food preparation and inspection.
Town Manager Andrew Maylor said his office, which would administer the fee, sought direction from the board on how to consider such businesses over traditional restaurants and take-out spots in town.
“We didn’t see them necessarily analogous to brick and mortar (establishments),” Maylor said.
The Selectmen ultimately agreed with Maylor’s sentiment.
Former selectman Bill Gordon said he’d want the town to avoid “double dipping” on mobile food truck fees by the town.
“It’s the principal of charging them a fee when they’re already paying another fee,” he said. “They’re already paying health department inspection fees.”Selectman Richard Vaillancourt added that only four such licenses, as per the town’s bylaws, could be issued anyways, resulting in minimal administrative overhead for the Manager’s office to handle.
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