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Urban Village Farmers' Market Association to Pay City $12,000

The annual payment will be in lieu of business license fees per vendor for the next two years.

 

After operating 14 years in the city of Campbell without a permit, the Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market goes before the Campbell City Council tonight.

The meeting takes place at Campbell City Hall, 70 N. First St. at 7:30 p.m. and council will discuss a contract with Urban Village Farmers' Markets Association, in which the farmers' market purveyor will pay $1,000 a month, or $12,000 annually to the city of Campbell in lieu of an annual business license fee for its approximate 75 vendors.

"Staff has had a very good working relationship over the years with Urban Village Farmers' Markets, which has been responsive and cooperative in addressing the 'growing pains' of a successful market. The market has been good for the Campbell community as a whole, as well as downtown businesses." -City of Campbell staff

According to the council agenda, the contract, if approved will last for the next two years, at which time it can either be renewed or changed. The city will receive a total of $24,000 from Urban Village in the next two years.

This fee will average out to about $160 per vendor, which is in line with the city's business license fee.

This latest development in the year-long farmers' market saga comes on the heels of a decision made by Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief to have the market revert to its original layout after the downtown Campbell merchants fought to change it for equal visibility.

Here are a few of our previous stories leading up to this:

  • Campbell Farmers' Market: 14 Years Without a Permit
  • POLL: What Did You Think About the New Farmers' Market Layout?
  • Campbell Leadership Group to Recognize New Farmers' Market Layout
  • Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market Debuts New Look

To read all of our coverage on the farmers' market and its layout changes, click here.

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