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W.C. Sheriff Proposes Leasing Vehicles to Save Money

<br><br><p>Wichita County departments heads started proposing their budgets to county commissioners this afternoon.</p> <p>The budget that required the most discussion today came from Wichita County Sheriff David Duke.</p> <p>Mechell Dixon was at today's hearing and joins us with more.</p>

Sheriff David Duke did ask for a salary increase for some employees but he also presented a proposal to lease more than a dozen vehicles instead of purchasing them.

Duke says the sheriff's office has 15 vehicles that each have more than 100,000 miles on them.

So to try to save money he brought in officials from American National Leasing Company to discuss the terms of a law enforcement lease agreement.

Leasing officials say the monthly total would be around $6,700 for the 15 cars but that does not include equipment and emergency lights.

As for the vehicle, leasing officials say one particular SUV is getting rave reviews.

"Chevrolet has what they call a PPV Tahoe and that's a Police Pursuit Vehicle and it seems to be the vehicle of choice. I referenced most of my municipal business to the City of Plano," says Stewart Cobb, vice president at American National Leasing Company.

According to Cobb, the City of Plano, as well as the Archer County Sheriff's Office uses PPV Tahoe's... saying they're more fuel efficient and require less maintenance.

County commissioners were receptive to leasing but say they need more information to determine the exact amount of savings it would provide.

Budget hearings continue through Thursday with Sheriff Duke returning tomorrow to present his budget for the jail.

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