Sarasota News Leader

11/08/2013

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QUESTIONING FLEET PURCHASES Sarasota County's North County Fleet Services complex is located on Pinkney Avenue in Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota County COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DEBATE THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR NEW FLEET CARS AND TRUCKS AND THE WAY THE COUNTY PURCHASES THEM By Roger Drouin County Editor Does Sarasota County need $10 million worth of new fleet cars and trucks? And is the county getting the best deal when it buys those vehicles in bulk? A consent item on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, County Commission agenda turned lively when three commissioners raised those questions. The discussion also spurred another concern: whether the county was returning to pre-recession spending habits that could lead to larger budget woes in the near future. At the end of the discussion, the commissioners, in a unanimous vote, decided they wanted to hold a more in-depth conversation at an upcoming meeting about the county's methods of buying fleet vehicles and equipment. Ed Gable, the county's director of general services, was asking the County Commission If we climb out of a fiscal to approve a request conservative mode, we are going to be in to utilize the U.S. Government Services the woods, and deeper in the woods. Administration and the Florida Sheriffs Nora Patterson Commissioner Association to seek Sarasota County bids for new vehicles and fleet equipment.

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