McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall says the next patrol cars the county buys for his department are going to be expensive.
Marshall told county commissioners at a budget work session June 28 that Ford Motor Co.'s decision to discontinue production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor means the department must turn to another manufacturer. One alternative, the Chevrolet Caprice, costs about $6,000 more than the Ford, he said.
The sheriff also said that the cages used in the Fords -- a reference to the wire-mesh barrier between the front and back seats -- will not fit the Chevrolet, so the new cars will have to be outfitted with new cages as well. He did not know how much that would cost.
The sheriff had requested five new vehicles at a cost of $32,000 each.
County Manager Don Norton has recommended that the county buy three new vehicles.
After hearing the sheriff, he suggested that the budget request be raised to $125,000.
Among other requests was $75,625 for the fire department, including $15,000 for protective equipment and $5,625 to replace fire hoses; $190,000 for an asphalt patcher for the public works department, which Norton has recommended be delayed; and a special $3,000 request from the McDuffie County Human Development Center to pay part-time workers in its summer program.