Cortland County lawmakers have approved leasing cars for county employees instead of owning and operating the vehicles outright, the plan is expected to save money.
In a 15 to 1 vote last night with Legislator Newell Wilcox casting the lone no vote and lawmaker Raylynn Knolls absent the legislature approved leasing vehicles through the Enterprise Rental Company.
Originally proposed back in January the leasing program was tabled amid concerns that the county had only received one bid. After rebidding the county did receive a second response but Enterprise was still the lowest bidder.
The proposal calls for the county to lease around 80 vehicles, this includes cars and trucks for all departments as well as unmarked cars for the Sheriff's Department.
The five year leasing plan will cost the county over $75 thousand dollars per year for five years. The cost could fluctuate slightly depending on how many vehicles the county replaces each year of the lease period. County Administrator Martin Murphy says at the end of the lease the county will have replaced it's entire fleet of light duty vehicles and expects to save over $165 thousand dollar over that five year term.
Currently the county's vehicle fleet is costing taxpayers over $450 thousand dollars a year.
The county will have the option to buy out leases at the end of the five year term.
Wilcox says he voted against the lease because he was concerned the county did not get more bids for the leasing program.