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Cities Recycle Vehicles For Extra Cash, Equipment

The city of Franklin appears to be following Columbus' lead in finding more money to pay for equipment.

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Mayor Kristen Brown decided to sell her city-issued 2008 GMC Acadia on eBay, it brought in $23,700.

You might say officials in Franklin and Columbus are recycling.  But not just bottles and cans, city vehicles too.

“There’s definitely ongoing evaluation on what equipment you have and what equipment you need because in local government as well as state government you have a finite amount of funds,” Jeff Logston, Columbus’ Director of Operations and Finance, says. “Property taxes can only go so far so you have to be creative and efficient with what you have.”

Logston says when Mayor Kristen Brown decided to sell her city-issued 2008 GMC Acadia on eBay, it brought in $23,700. That money was then used to buy underwater rescue gear for the city’s fire department.

It’s a pattern the Franklin Fire Department followed when it sold a Ford F-450 and a Haz-Mat trailer to the Bargersville Fire Department for $15,000.  The cash, says Franklin fire Department Director of Training Chuck Ridpass, will be used to make upgrades similar to those Columbus made.

“We already have a couple of boats and we can go do some stuff, we just needed to upgrade our equipment to get the right stuff to do the job,” Ridpass says. “Every year that’s what we go on, people driving in high water and their getting stuck and that’s where we realized that was where we needed to focus on.”

Neither city has immediate plans to liquidate any more vehicles.

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