Minnesota schools will pay more for state inspections

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Food trucks will pay more than twice as much as they do now. Meanwhile, hotels, free-standing fast-food eateries and coffee shops will get a break.

Those are among changes taking place as a result of the Minnesota Department of Health's and Minnesota Department of Agriculture's joint decision to take over inspections of city businesses, pools and restaurants.

The city of St. Paul had handled those inspections for decades and is fighting the state takeover, which began July 9. Cities and counties charge the businesses fees for health permits, and those amounts vary widely from municipality to municipality and business to business. "The differences are fairly substantive," said Dan McElroy, executive vice president of the Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort and Campground Associations.

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