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May 13, 2008

Albany -- Local governments are also getting hit hard and working to stretch their fuel dollars. 

Albany's Public Works Director says it costs his department 25 to 75 percent more than last year to provide the same city services, such as street repair, street sweeping and sewer maintenance.

The bottom line, with diesel prices at $4 dollars a gallon and up, more of the maintenance money is going to pay for fuel.

"Everything that public works operates, with a few exceptions, operates on diesel.  We've had to be really selective about how we choose our projects and how we do our maintenance and routine, more so than we've ever had to do in my tenure here," said Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson.

The public works department is prioritizing projects and trying to make every dollar go as possible.

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