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Lower permit fee for Jackson mobile food trucks

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Call them meals on wheels, or simply food trucks. You may have seen some in the Jackson  area. 

These are hot ticket items in larger metro cities. Now they may flourish having to pay a one-time yearly $500.00 permit fee in the city.

It's called food on the move. The city of Jackson already has an ordinance over the food truck vendors, and now they made it a little easier for them, allowing them to move from one spot to the other and set up shop. 

"We are really happy," said Councilman Tyrone Hendrix. "Yesterday we passed an ordinance to allow the food trucks here in the city of Jackson to have more access to different places."  

"This allows us to roam around Jackson without having to pay a $500 food permit every time we stop," said Steve Steinbock, owner of two Tito's Taco mobile units.

 These mobile food trucks are literally magnets for places like construction sites and events. 

"There's no parking downtown," added Steinbock. "People typically don't want to move so this is a great concept."

Now when it comes to free enterprise competition with local restaurants, there is built in protection. 

The law is we have to stay 300 feet away from any restaurant, a 360 degree radius," said Steinbock.

Steinbock owns two brightly colored trucks and he says the new ordinance is certainly helping their business. Ironically the fee charged by Jackson is not the only one required.  Rolling food trucks must get permitted by a number of state and local agencies.

Our cameras were rolling when the Department of Revenue rolled up to check his permits. 

How much does it cost to sell food out of the back of a truck? The fees do add up 

For instance, on top of Jackson's $500.00 permit fee yearly, The State Department of Health permit fees range from $30 up to $250.00 per year depending on what they are cooking and serving up.

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