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Omaha council expands restaurant tax to food trucks

Omaha council expands restaurant tax to food trucks

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 

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The Omaha City Council has changed its collective mind and voted to apply the city's 2.5 percent restaurant tax to food trucks.

The council voted 5-2 Tuesday to expand the tax to food trucks, which were specifically exempted when the city began charging the tax in 2010.

Operators of regular restaurants have complained that the exemption was unfair, but a majority of council members has resisted expansion of the tax. In September four council members: Pete Festersen, Chris Jerram, Rich Pahls and Aimee Melton voted to kill an expansion proposal.

But on Tuesday Melton and Jerram switched their votes to yes and joined the other council members in favor of expansion.

Omaha Food Trucks Association leader Kelly Keegan says the association has no problem with the expansion.

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