Madison County commissioners agreed to purchase three used vehicles for the county senior center March 3.
The purchases will be made from a supplier in Gainesville who sells government surplus vehicles to other government organizations. Madison County plans to purchase two shuttle buses and one van for the senior center.
Senior center director Kelsey Tyner approached commissioners and notified them of a new state regulation that could cause the center’s transportation budget to skyrocket. She noted that the state is now prohibiting senior centers from having state vehicles “serviced or fueled at a county-operated facility.”
Tyner said the state is requiring senior centers to use public pumps for its two state-owned vehicles “and we will not be tax exempt.”
“The senior center will then be billed monthly for our fuel costs,” she wrote in a letter to the board. “The same rule applies for maintenance on these state vehicles. The senior center will no longer be allowed to use the county road department for repairs but will instead have to use and ARI approved repair shop and be billed for all charges accrued….The senior center does not have money for this in our budget.”
Tyner asked for permission to purchase a surplus passenger van and two shuttle buses. Those vehicles will then be owned by the county, not the state. She said she felt each vehicle could be acquired for $2,500 to $5,500.
“We will turn over our state vehicles and get out from under these unmanageable and costly regulations,” said Tyner.
The board agreed to have one or two members of the road department go inspect the vehicles before purchases are made.
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