Excerpts from the daily-chronicle.com:

The Dekalb City Council will consider on Monday whether to begin a fleet leasing program. Funding for what city staff said are priority vehicles such as fire apparatus and large dump trucks for snow removal has been hard to come by, documents show. The fiscal 2020 budget accounts for a new fire engine expected to cost more than half a million dollars.

A 2017 look at the state of DeKalb’s police and fire vehicles, as well as equipment utilized by the Public Works Department, found that vehicles have been in a state of decline since 2006. Of the 173 vehicles in the city’s fleet, 95 of them were deemed to be beyond their useful life. Finding funds in the city’s capital budget has been a continuous yearly challenge. As an alternative, the city will consider options to lease new vehicles instead of buying them.

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