Fisher Commissioners divided over big-ticket purchases

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Commissioners for precincts 2 and 3 got a jump-start on this year’s budget cycle Monday, hoping to gain approval for new road machinery, but were unsuccessful in garnering a vote for the half-million-dollar combined purchase.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Preston Martin was successful last month when the court approved allowing him to designate his 1998 model road grader as a surplus item and putting the 22-year-old machine up for sale. Equally unsuccessful during Monday’s meeting was Precinct 2 Commissioner Dexter Elrod, who proposed trading his aging machine toward the purchase of a replacement.

Technically, Martin’s proposal was a lease/purchase option that could be set up through First National Bank’s Leasing Department. Gordon McCain from First National Bank spoke briefly about the lease, explaining that in the state of Texas, lease/purchase options do not go against a municipality’s liability. He said it does not show up as a debt obligation as it is an appropriation written into the annual budget.

County Auditor Becky Mauldin asked if the purchase was something that could wait until the budget was being created but received pushback from Martin saying, “I would like to go ahead and get this done so we can start working on the budget.”






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