Commissioners approve $45,000 for new patrol cars

(Sheriff Mark Overman)

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says he has the money to buy at least one new patrol car after the county board Monday evening approved use of $45,000 the Sheriff saved from unused hail insurance claims.

Overman went before the board for a third time to request $61,000 for two cars, but the commissioners refused his request to use some of the $73,000 in fees he had returned to the general fund late last year.

Overman noted he had also returned to the general fund $53,000 of unspent money from last year's Sheriff's budget, but the commissioners indicated that was also money that would now stay with the general fund.

Overman said afterwards he appreciated the fact the board had recognized he had been a "good steward" of the county's money and said the commissioners "had treated him fairly." Asked about whether he could find the additional money for a second car, Overman said it would depend on how the budget looks like at the end of the year.

Overman estimates with the money left after he purchases one vehicle, he would need another $18,000 to purchase and equip a second car. The two new cars will replace aging vehicles with well over 100,000 miles on them.

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