As gas prices continue to drop across Kansas, some area law enforcement agencies are reaping the benefits.
Not many expected gas prices to be nearing one dollar, so when many police departments or sheriff’s offices set their budgets for the year, they over-estimated how much they’d spend on gas. Now, they’re saving thousands.
In Valley Center, the police department uses its own gas pumps to fill up. It’s fuel the city buys every few months, based on market price.
"When we work out our budget we work it up almost a year in advance and so we have to do the best guess we can of what gas prices are going to be and then we live with it the next year," explained Chief of Police in Valley Center, Mark Hephner.
Valley Center officials don’t have an official total for how much their department has saved yet, but they say it’s significant.
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