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The DeWitt County Board approved the purchasing of two squad cars for the DeWitt County Sheriff's Department.

The County Board approved the purchasing of the cars after finding out the state bid for police cars will go up next year. The state is discontinuing using Impalas for squad cars next year and is switching to a different style car. According to Board Chair Melonie Tilley, the county will save just under $11,000 by purchasing the cars this year.

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The cars will be put in storage for a while but will be put in use for next fiscal year. Tilley says the upgrades a squad car needs are around $9,000 and will be financed through next years budget.

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Finance Committee Chair Ed Young says even though the cars would be losing a year of warranty, the cars tend to run the mileage warranty out before the years warranty.  The state bid for the cars this year is at $21,779 and will go up next year to $27,175.

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