Gas prices are draining local governments' coffers

Consumers aren't the only ones getting pinched at the pump.

With crude oil trading at record highs and gasoline prices jumping daily, keeping area fire trucks and police cars gassed and ready to go has become an expensive proposition.

At the beginning of the 2007 fiscal year, the town of Port Royal budgeted $40,000 to keep the tanks of its 20 police cruisers full, said town manager Van Willis.

To date, the department has spent $77,500 on fuel with less than a month remaining in the fiscal year.

The new budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 calls for $84,000 to be spent on gasoline alone, Willis said.

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