New Madison County Sheriff Michael Moore asked county commissioners Monday to consider the purchase of five patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s office to replace high-mileage cars, some with over 300,000 miles.
He said the purchase of four patrol cars and a truck for a lieutenant would be $164,000.
The board didn’t vote on the matter, but the group agreed to get the exact figures of leftover sales tax money from the jail addition project. The commissioners will then call a special meeting to consider the purchase.
Moore said functioning vehicles are critical for good performance from the sheriff’s office. He recently rode with a deputy, whose vehicle broke down four times during the ride.
“If we go another year without vehicles, we’re going to end up walking,” said Moore, who noted that the department consistently got about four new cars a year until last year, when it didn’t get any.
Moore said some vehicles have over 300,000 miles.
“We really need eight, but five would help a lot,” he said.
Commissioner John Pethel voiced concern about finding the money for the vehicles. He said he worries about pulling too much money from reserves to cover the cost of cars and other equipment and creating the need for a tax increase.
“Where are we going to get the money?” asked Pethel.