OMAHA, NE – The Omaha City Council voted Tuesday to expand the city’s restaurant tax to food truck vendors.

Council members Aimee Melton and Chris Jerram initially opposed the expansion and voted against it on September 30th.

But the pair cited fairness as they voted Tuesday to reconsider the idea, and then voted for the expanded tax.

“Either you eliminate the tax for everybody, all at once, or you apply it fairly. That’s what I see as my option today,” said Melton.

Jerram called the restaurant tax the “golden goose” for Omaha’s financial situation.

According to Mayor Jean Stothert’s office, the city of Omaha projects to end its fiscal year with a budget surplus of around $9 million. As of November 10th, restaurant tax revenue was running $1.6 million over budget.

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