With the fiscal court facing a budget shortfall, County Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall has decided to turn in his county-provided vehicle to save money.
“Because of the financial condition of our county, and in good consciousness, I did not believe that the taxpayers of this county should have to provide for me a very expensive vehicle, plus fuel and auto insurance,” Marshall said.
“Therefore, I am turning this vehicle back to the dealership after one year to save our county thousands of dollars.” Marshall said, from now on, he would use his own vehicle and pay for his fuel out of his own pocket. He estimated the move would save the county between $15,000 and $18,000 a year. Marshall also challenged other county officials to do likewise.
But Magistrates say they’ve been leading the way all along.
According to Magistrate John Goble, Marshall was the only elected county official driving a new vehicle for which the court was still having to pay.
“It was a rental, that’s why he turned it in,” said Goble. When asked why the Judge hadn’t leased the vehicle, Goble said, “because we wouldn’t pass a lease.”
According to Goble, the Magistrates all drive older, paid for vehicles including his vehicle: a 2003 GMC with 190,000 miles, Ronnie Akers 2003 Toyota Tundra with 168,00 miles, Warren Jarrell’s 2003 Toyota Tundra with 190,000 miles, Hattie Owens 1997 Chevy with 190,000 miles.
Goble says Marshall has had two vehicles since taking office a 2007 Chevy Tahoe and a 2010 Chevy Tahoe.