County spends $1.3M on new sheriff vehicles

TCSO set to receive 40 new vehicles through County’s Vehicle Internal Borrowing Program

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN

TULARE COUNTY – One of the things that will always need replacement in any organization is materials. Normal wear and tear can cost a lot in maintenance and eventually replacement. But lucky for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the County set up a borrowing program for some of their most valuable equipment: their cars.

Last Tuesday, August 29 the Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved at $1.28 million expenditure for the Sheriff’s department to replace 40 vehicles. As a part of the Vehicle Internal Borrowing Fund set up in fiscal year 2015, the Sheriff’s department is responsible for only one quarter of the total cost with interest equal to that of the Treasury Pool that will likely be above 1.25 percent following a trend of increases over the last three years. The remaining three quarters of payments will be borrowed from the general fund at that time.

The program began with $3 million and has been collecting payments from other participating departments. This year only the Sheriff’s Department requested to have vehicles funded through the use of the program, but it is open to other departments as well.

In all, the Sheriff’s Department intends to purchase 28 Ford Explorers totaling $910,000, 10 Ford Fusions totaling $292,000, one half ton pickup totaling 39,400 and one transport van totaling $40,000.

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