City considers transferring vehicles to save money

City considers transferring vehicles to save money
Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said this move would save taxpayers $12,000. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott wants to clarify something about a proposed ordinance.

An ordinance introduced Tuesday during the Finance and Administration Committee meeting would allow the City of Jonesboro to buy a vehicle for the mayor’s office and transfer his current vehicle to the police department.

Elliott said this move would save taxpayers $12,000 because if they buy a vehicle, they have to pay for the purchase and pay for the renovations to fit the police force.

The vehicle currently in the mayor’s office is what Elliott called a “police-type” Tahoe, already retrofitted to be used in the police department’s fleet.

However, committee member David McClain proposed using a stipend with the purchase of the mayor’s new vehicle.

This would base the payments per mile traveled, but committee member John Street said it has burned the city in the past by actually being even more expensive.

Elliott stressed to committee members that this isn’t a new concept and that the police department has previously transferred vehicles to other departments like JET.

Ultimately, the committee moved the ordinance to the full council.

They meet again on Jan. 21.

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