Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - There is a food fight looming in Buffalo and it's local restaurant owners verse food truck owners. The restaurant owners and their landlords said the food trucks are taking business away from them. They will meet to discuss the issue, Thursday.
Developer Carl Paladino is leading the fight against the food trucks. He is claiming that they could hurt restaurants so bad that they could lose nearly one-third of their revenue.
Paladino also said it's wrong for these trucks not have to pay property taxes. He and others want these trucks to be banned from the city.
The truck owners said they do pay more than $1,000 for a permit fee. In addition to that fee, many of them have buildings where they prepare their food, so they are slammed with taxes and more.
Here's what Paladino had to say about the situation.
"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.
Food truck owner Kathleen Haggerty disagrees.
"As far as who pays different taxes or somebody taking business away from somebody else -- it's not the right argument. We need to regulate food trucks. We need to come together and compromise and be fair and put it out on the table."
Some restaurant owners are not totally against the idea of food trucks. They said they want to work on a compromise that would benefit both types of businesses.
Both sides will hash things out at a meeting at City Hall at 10 a.m.