Cities and Law Enforcement Exceeding Gas Budgets

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

The city of Bryan is feeling the pain at the pump.

In June, it will ask the council for $100,000 more dollars for fuel.

That is because the city went over-budget, just picking up your trash.

We've found that the city of Bryan isn't the only local entity feeling the fuel crunch. Now, they're all looking for ways to stay on the road until the end of the fiscal year.

"With our operation being 24 hours, seven days a week, we have cars on the road all the time," City of College Station Assistant Chief Larry Johnson said. "We're definitely feeling the impact."

The College Station Police Department is about seven percent over-budget when it comes to fuel, and there are still four months left in the fiscal year.

The department won't cut back on patrol, but is looking into how to cover the rising costs.

The City of College Station as a whole is about $350,000 over its fuel budget, but is confident it can cover the costs until the end of the year.

The City of Bryan on the other hand will have to ask council to buffer its budget.

Diesel prices have sky-rocketed, so it costs about $100,000 more this year, just to pick up your trash.

"No one can really tell you what's going to happen," City of Bryan Chief Financial Officer Charles Cryan said. "We try to anticipate it as best we can, but with prices changing the way they have been this year, it's hard to know what's going to happen."

As for the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, rising gas prices aren't slowing its operation.

"It's very difficult to say we're going to park cars or cut back on mileage," Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said. "We have had discussions with our officers about being conservative in the way they drive."

The department has exceeded its gas budget by 20-percent.
If it can't find money elsewhere, the department will have to ask commissioners for $25,000 to cover costs.

Every entity says rising gas prices won't hinder its service.

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