Local governments deal with high gas prices - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Local governments deal with high gas prices

The rising cost of fuel is now hitting Memphis and Shelby County governments, and that extra cost could be passed on to you.

Both the city and county must fuel up hundreds of different vehicles every single day.  According to city officials, the city of Memphis has spent well over $10 million on fueling its fleet during the last fiscal year.

Memphis City Council members say they budgeted even more for this coming fiscal year in an effort to keep up.

On the Shelby County side, Commissioner Steve Mulroy said the county was budgeting more for fuel, too.

"Government is no different than any other business," he said.

More money to maintain the same level of service equals problems, and high gas prices could cost government jobs.
High gas prices cost government jobs.

"A lot of those budget cuts you're reading about, lay-offs, and everything - they are indirectly the result of across the board inflation, particularly fuel prices rising through the roof, Mulroy said.

Monday in Memphis, the average price for a regular gallon of gasoline was $3.85, up three cents from last week.

The national average price for a gallon of gas Monday nationwide was $4.04.

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