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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett vetoes taco truck ban on National Avenue

Posted: 1:10 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 18:10:57Z
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett vetoes taco truck ban on National Ave.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has vetoed the ban on food trucks on National Avenue.

According to the news release, Barrett said issuing a food truck ban would not solve the problem, and it would only move it elsewhere.

"A vibrant, cutting edge city should support entrepreneurs and create opportunities for every business to grow," the mayor wrote in his veto letter. "Another small ban on food trucks only makes it harder for the food trucks who have made the effort to get properly licensed and operate within the rules," Barrett said.

The mayor also said he spoke to Milwaukee Police, DPW Parking Enforcement and the Health Department about the city's ordinances already in place.

"A vibrant, cutting edge city should support entrepreneurs and create opportunities for every business to grow." — Mayor Tom Barrett

"Responsibly operated food trucks can add great energy to our city. They are also a platform for entrepreneurs to start or expand a business. We should always find ways to support the opportunities and great flavors they bring to Milwaukee," Barrett said.

According to Bill Arnold of the City Clerk's Office, the Milwaukee Common Council would need 10 votes to override the mayor's veto. This item is scheduled to come up at the Common Council's next meeting March 26.