PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The Jackson County Sheriff Department needs more money to pay for rising fuel costs.
That's what Chief Deputy Don Stewart told supervisors in a board meeting on Monday. Stewart says the law enforcement agency uses about 600 gallons of fuel per day, and will need another $250,000 for its fuel budget this fiscal year.
The county's fiscal year runs Oct.1 to Sept. 30.
The Mississippi Press reports Stewart said the department was running in a deficit in December because of fuel costs, which were budgeted based on $2.50 per gallon. The average price of gasoline last month was $3.54 per gallon.
Supervisors agreed to transfer the requested amount to the sheriff's account, and any leftover money will be returned to the county's general fund at the end of the year.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.