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New ordinances coming for Benton food trucks
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***UPDATE: The city council passed this ordinance during a meeting Monday night. All previous information can be found below.

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BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- As the popularity of food trucks grows, one central Arkansas town is worried they aren't seeing all the benefits they should.

A new ordinance will put all food trucks and restaurants in Benton on an equal playing field.

Local businesses who are properly permitted are going up against vendors with the same product who are not. It’s a fight the city has been dealing with for some time.

Daisy Vasquez, owner of El Buen Gusto, said owning a food truck is her passion.  It’s a business she’s had since 2014. “I enjoy to cook and give the people to know other options.”

Vasquez thinks the city is going in the right direction with the food truck ordinance.

The city said not all vendors have the proper permits and are not collecting city taxes by law. Vasquez's company is the first Hispanic food truck in Benton. She follows the city's regulations.

"Well, the food truck is like any other business and well we need to pay the taxes,” Vasquez said.

Benton City Attorney Brent Houston said the city wants all the local restaurants and food trucks coming in and out to be treated equally. “One the issues is are these food trucks coming in are they collecting city tax and are they remitting it. We do have some concerns vendors doing that or not doing that. "

The city wants all the local restaurants and food trucks coming in and out to be treated equally.

"Do what they are supposed to do and if they don't then we have specific remedial provisions on closing their operation down,” Houston said.

Vasquez said the city comes by her truck frequently to make sure she has all the documents and is up to health standards. “One it's the law and another is that taxes help improve the city and the services that we have."

If the city council passes the food truck ordinance it will go into effect immediately for all sellers who serve food and drinks in Benton. 


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