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Hike fees for street food vendors, and mobile peddlers
to the editor,
January 15, 2014
While the increase in the marriage licence fee drew most
conversation around the coffee clutches, had I attended the committee
of council meeting Monday night instead of watching the 20 minute
theatre on TV, I would have wished to draw for separate discussion the
Refreshment Vehicle Licence (annual) which remains at a token rate of
$125 per year.
What should concerns us is the reality of the situation, which I think
bares further consideration when we recognize that street vendors enjoy
all of the same protections and services provided by both the Town
police and local fire departments while we over-look the
disproportionate costs of doing business of those of our downtown
members of the respective BIAs have to pay.
This class of Licence / Permit in such a neighbouring
municipality as Wasaga Beach for a mobile food vendors' Licence is $500
annually, an additional $375 per year for a location outside of
Canadian Tire (not a premium tourist beach location but just like the
one located on Young Street in Alliston.)
I have picked this one item from schedule 'B', however, I would suggest
that we could look at Hawkers and Peddlers Licence fee which covers the
accommodation of a port-a-kabin trailer that slumps around the downtown
area of Alliston for 30 days for the sale of fireworks for 30
consecutive days also for the handsome Licence Fee of $125, while their
merchant neighbours bear the brunt of the costs of providing a large
range of services and protection through their property taxes.
In conclusion, if we consider that New Tecumseth is noted as being one
of the major centres of industry and employment within Simcoe County
and that we enjoy a higher than average annual joint family income in
the County, with lower property taxes than our three closest
neighbouring municipalities as well as having higher debt through
debentures and sadly depleted reserve funds, why on earth when Staff
were doing their due diligence on this matter that their findings or
recommendations were never part of the 2014 Budget workshops?