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City makes changes to save at the pump

May 18, 2007

Valdosta - Consumers aren't the only one feeling pain at the pump.

The City of Valdosta is initiating several measures they hope will cut their gas consumption.

As the price soars over three dollars, they are reducing the number of take home vehicles, promoting carpooling, and are bringing on more fuel efficient vehicles to the city fleet.

They've also been adding room to the annual budget that helps them cover the fuel price increase.  "We feel that pain when we go to the pump and we need to feel the same sense of responsibility to the office, to the job here and with the City and I think our employees really rallied and did that," says City Manager Larry Hanson.

They estimate they'll reduce gas spending by 10 percent over where they would be had they not made these changes.

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