City Looks To Tighten Budget Amid High Gas Prices

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The city of Jonesboro will have to cut down on spending in order to meet the high cost of fuel.

"We'd estimated that gas would be somewhere between $2.90 and $3.00 a gallon. Here we are and it's increased to almost $3.50 a gallon," said Doug Formon, mayor of Jonesboro.

Formon says he wants to trim the fat of an already oversized budget.

"What we've asked our department heads to do is what they can to watch their budgets, not so much with fuel because there's not a whole lot we can do about that but be a little more conservative than normal," he said.

The city's already gotten a running start on utilizing alternative fuels in some city vehicles.

Formon says he hopes the new e-85 flex fuel will help.

He's counting on it so much that the city will look into incorporating it on a large-scale basis.

"We have several trucks over in our public works department and several fire trucks and the vehicle that I drive."

With summer around the corner, the city is also looking at a possible increase in the price of asphalt ... making the road to budgetary black all the more rocky.

"Spring, summer and fall's when we do all of our paving of roads and with the way gas prices have been, we expect those prices of asphalt to go up as well."

Formon says most of the cutting back will be in the form of departments delaying the purchasing of new equipment. He says basic services will be safe.

"Any areas that they look and they say they can pull up the old boot strings a little tighter and do that it's what we're going to be looking at."

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