Monday, May 18, 2009

Buying Patrol Cars in a Tight Budget Year

Putnam County sheriff David Andrews hopes to be able to purchase a number of new patrol vehicles for his department before the current fiscal year runs out, but he'll have to move around more than $200,000 in expenditures around to do so. His proposed budget amendment is one of several being considered by the Putnam County commission Monday night. Andrews says part of the money had been intended to hire personnel, but because of some resignations, promotions and other moves, he's been able to keep that money in reserve. And he says spending it this year on vehicles makes more sense than rolling it over into next year's budget when vehicle purchases will be more expensive.