The Oswego County Legislature’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee voted Tuesday to eliminate three cars from the sheriff’s office, which is not expected to alleviate the tax burden.
Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd said he will lose three cars, although none will come out of his budget.
Legislature committees have been meeting this week to work on department budgets. The goal is to cut $3 million from the 2013 spending plan to avoid a property tax increase. A one million dollar cut is needed to remain within the state mandated two percent property tax cap.
“What I worry about is my people being hurt,” Todd said. “It won’t make a difference in the budget.”
That’s because Todd’s car purchases are paid from a capital reserve fund that is dedicated to automobile and equipment purchases, he said.
The sheriff currently has a 65 vehicle fleet, which includes transport vans. A couple deputies share a car, Todd noted, adding that the sharing doubles the miles that are put on a vehicle.
He added that he is concerned that his deputies will be driving cars with over 100,000 miles in the winter and at midnight, when safety is a greater concern.
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