The mobile concessions ordinance passed the council Monday evening with a vote of 5-2.
The ordinance is similar to those in Indianapolis, Noblesville and Carmel.
Not every council member was on board with the decision.
Member Scott Faultless voted against the ordinance. He said the Fishers Chamber of Commerce and numerous business owners have also taken a stance against the ordinance, noting that they pay property taxes.
“This ordinance picks winners and losers. The existing restaurants are subsidizing the existence of food trucks… this is government at its best in terms of picking winners and losers,” said Faultless.
When one council member tried to introduce an amendment Monday evening limiting where food trucks could go, conversation picked up.
“We are not reinventing the wheel here, we are not amending the US constitution. If we have problems with food trucks in a free enterprise system, by golly, we’ll go and change it,” said Pete Peterson, Vice President of the Council.
The ordinance as passed allows food trucks vendors to operate year round in Fishers. They must purchase an annual permit for $200 for each food truck, excluding some special events, where they’ll need to sign a “Memoradum of Understanding” with the Parks Department to operate.
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