Fuel Costs Impact Municipalities

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO, NV - Washoe County says it may go over its fuel budget, amid the rising cost of gas.

"It looks like we are possibly, we don't know where we're going to end up," David Gonzales, Equipment Services Superintendent for Washoe County, said.

Washoe County has roughly five-hundred vehicles. There are also one-hundred thirty pieces of heavy equipment or off-road vehicles, which often use diesel.

Gonzales said snow plows and Sheriff's Office vehicles will still be on the streets, even though fuel costs more.

"In order to meet their expenses if they need to look at their individual operations and reduce their fleets accordingly then that's a decision they make at a department by department level."

Mike Schroeder, interim chief financial officer for the Washoe County School District, said roughly two-million dollars a year is spend on fuel. He said the district could go over its standard budget, but there are contingency funds.

"We'll be prepared for what's going on right now," he said.

Schroeder said the cost of gas would have to go up to five dollars, and remain there for months to possibly cause other cuts.

The cost of a gallon of regular unleaded, on average, is more than four dollars in Reno.

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