The Madison County Sheriff’s will soon get eight new vehicles — five Dodge Chargers and three Ford F-150s.
Madison County commissioners unanimously approved the purchases Feb. 10. The vehicle purchases were included as part of the six-year special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) approved by voters in November.
The commissioners agreed to use a portion of the county’s cash reserves to go ahead and buy the vehicles at a total cost of approximately $250,000, with the SPLOST money going back to the reserve fund as it’s collected over the next several years.
Commissioner John Pethel said he didn’t feel comfortable “spending what we don’t have.” But he noted that the board already approved such arrangements with other departments, so he didn’t feel the sheriff’s office could be denied the purchase.
The board recently approved the purchase of two ambulances, which will also be paid for from reserves, with SPLOST money to gradually reimburse that fund.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood said the county is not purchasing anything with money it doesn’t have. He noted that the county has enough in reserves to cover the emergency vehicle purchases until SPLOST money is collected.