A committee has been formed to make decisions about food trucks in Buffalo.

The Food Fight Continues in the Queen City

October 12, 2011 Updated Oct 12, 2011 at 7:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 12, 2011 Updated Oct 12, 2011 at 7:17 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's restaurant owners verses food truck owners. At a meeting Wednesday, they will meet to see if they can come up with a way to get along.

The groups have formed a committee to discuss the issues. Restaurant owners are claiming the food trucks are taking business away from them. They also said that it is unfair that the food trucks don't have to pay real estate taxes and fees like businesses with a brick and mortar building.

Food truck operators said they have to pay a hefty permit fee and they are slapped with many other taxes.

Now, many said that regulations must be put on the food trucks including a distance rule. This will force the trucks to stay feet, even blocks away from traditional restaurants.

"We need legislation and regulations to move forward. We must move forward and understand what the rules are and take our passions behind the wheel," Food Truck Owner Kathleen Haggerty said.

Carl Paladino is a business owner and owns many of the buildings were restaurants are located.

"To allow them to come in and unfairly compete with businesses that have made to huge capital investment and are paying real estate taxes to the City of Buffalo. That's just not fair," Paladino said.

Both sides are gaining support from local leaders and fans of their food here in the Queen City. They're hoping this meeting will solve some of the problems. That meeting will take place at 3 p.m. at Buffalo City Hall.