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Gas prices force budget cuts in East Texas town

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 12:09pm

If you've been feeling the pinch at the pump lately, you aren't alone. Local municipalities are dealing with rising fuel prices too. For one East Texas town, it's causing officials to take a second look at the budget.

According to Marshall City Manager Frank Johnson, the city budgeted just over $290,000 this fiscal year to fuel its vehicles, including police patrol cars, fire trucks, and ambulances. However, that was when gas was at $3.25 a gallon. Now it's hovering at just under $3.85 nationally. That will put Marshall at about $50,000 over budget on fuel costs. Johnson said if prices continue to rise, the city will have to look at cuts in other places. However, he adds emergency service vehicles will not be considered in that.

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