Truck stop restaurateur is choking on huge inspection fee hike
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 06:15:56 AM CST
Dennis Aci, owner of Aci Truck Stop on Route 46, thinks the county’s plans to add a whopper of an increase to the annual restaurant inspection fee is too much for restaurant owners like him to swallow, especially given the moribund economy.
Besides the fuel pumps, Aci operates a small restaurant with about 10 tables, enough to serve 15 to 20 people.
It’s the fuel, not the food, that keeps business going at the truck stop, Aci said.
He has been paying $25 for his annual restaurant inspection, a process he says consists of a five-minute walk-through by the health inspector, who spends another 15 minutes or so filling out paperwork before leaving.
Aci said he learned about a week or two ago that the inspection fee will cost him $300 a year, not $25, as a result of a new fee schedule that he believes is half-baked and should be sent back to whoever made it.
Aci said the fee increase will just add more red ink to his restaurant’s books. “We’re not making money at the restaurant now,” Aci said.
Rene Mathez, a Knowlton Township Committee member, showed up at Wednesday night’s Warren County Freeholder’s meeting with Aci and echoed his concerns.
Mathez called the proposed increase, a 1,100 percent jump, “enormous” and suggested the county consider a more gradual approach.
Mathez said there are about seven or eight restaurants that are “getting by, by the skin of their teeth” in Knowlton Township.
Freeholder Jason Sarnoski said, “We will continue to look at it, to see if we can gradually increase it.”
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Woman 'critical' after crash with truck near Kutztown
Police arrest 13 during Allentown drug raid
Dead female found in remote area of Berks; state police investigating
FBI questions passengers on Delta flight
Beauty supply bandits target local grocery stores
Divers find 3 bodies in sinking ferry
'We were able to avoid a catastrophe,' police say of truck hitting home
Cresco man ID'd as victim of fiery crash in Paradise
Police have person of interest in N.J. swastika vandalism case
Fitness Friday: Full Circle Training