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State-owned vehicle cuts could save Georgia money

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The budget has been drastically slashed, and Georgia is still having trouble making ends meet.

Georgia has more state-owned cars and trucks than any other state in southeast.

We spend millions more of our tax dollars on those vehicles than other states, and one state senator says that needs to change.

Albany Tech's president showed WALB the state vehicles on campus.

"We want taxpayers and legislators to feel that we're treating the privilege they give us with the proper respect," said Dr. Anthony Parker, Albany Tech President.

They're one of the more than 150 agencies and schools across the state that has vehicles.

"I think there's a real need to start looking at the number of vehicles that are out there that people don't necessarily need," said Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims, (D) Albany.

Mississippi has 7,541, Louisiana 12,740, Florida has roughly 18,000 and Georgia has 20,328.

"I was surprised it was there because I thought surely we got that under control," said Powell-Sims.

Albany Tech uses most of theirs 27 for learning purposes.

"21 are for instructional purposes," said Parker.

The rest are for faculty and staff travel.

"Even those used for college purposes we mark them clearly we've got the state seal on it everything that's required," said Parker.

Senator Powell-Sims says with a 20,000 vehicle fleet for a state of our size there's surely somewhere cuts can be made.

"We're talking about reduction in revenue, we're talking about additional cuts for the state budget, this is a place where we can begin," said Powell-Sims.

While some departments don't have as many vehicles as others state leaders say it's the perfect time to look at how we can operate with less.

"It's time for us to say enough is enough, if you don't need it get rid of it," said Powell-Sims.

The senator said the state has tried to cut excess wheels it the past, but she doesn't believe it was done the right way.

The department of transportation has the most vehicles with 4,125; the department of corrections is the next highest with 1,945.

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