PATCH ANSWERS: How Much Would It Have Cost Chelmsford Police to Buy Sedans Instead of SUVs?
You asked, now Chelmsford Patch answers.
Last week, the Lowell Sun reported on Chelmsford's new SUVs, and that lead one Patch reader to wonder how much it might have cost to get sedans instead, like the old Crown Victorias that have been discontinued.
We checked and the difference wasn't that significant.
Chelmsford purchases vehicles as part of a pooled contractual agreement with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department along with dozens of other police departments across the Commonwealth.
Under the Town Manager's level service funded recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2014, the town would allocate $142,000 to police vehicle replacement, up from $130,000 in Fiscal Year 2013 due to the Crown Victoria discontinuation.
The town replaces several police vehicles each year due to continual use and wear and tear making replacement cheaper than continued maintenance.