County may start leasing cars for sheriff’s office

August 23, 2014

The county is considering leasing, instead of buying, vehicles used by the Hood County Sheriff’s Office.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Jeff Tout made the suggestion after researching leasing possibilities.

The Hood County Commissioners Court has not yet decided whether it wants to start leasing vehicles.

Tout said the leasing arrangement would be different from personal leases.

“There’s no mileage restriction and no security deposit – so, we don’t have to worry about that,” he said.

Tout believes the county could possibly save as much as $800,000 over the next four years if vehicles are replaced by lease vehicles on a rotating basis.

He said the leased vehicles would be safer and would save the county maintenance expenses because they would be subbed out at perhaps 70,000 miles rather than 100,000.

“We haven’t had many breakdowns, but there have been a few,” he said.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Dick Roan isn’t sure that leasing is the way to go. He said the county can borrow the money to buy vehicles at about a half percent less than the lease rate.

County Auditor Stan McBroom has been asked to research leasing options.

“He can probably find a better lease rate,” Tout said.

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