LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The City of Laurel received a loan to purchase new government vehicles such as police cars and other official vehicles.
Mayor Johnny Magee said the loan will fund 34 new vehicles. The Laurel Police Department can expect approximately 14 new vehicles, while the rest will be dispersed to the recreational department, public works and the Fire Department.
Mayor Johnny Magee said that the need for new vehicles is a must and cannot be put off any longer.
"We have some vehicles that's over 20-years-old," Magee said. "You know a 20-year-old vehicle with 200,000 miles on it they might crank, they might not."
Magee said that the city increased taxes this year by 1 mill, which is $156,00 overall, but said that is a one-time increase that will provide them with what they need.
The loan is on a 5-year term, according to Magee, so the plan is to buy 34 new vehicles every five years until the stock is satisfied.
"After awhile, our stock will be up to speed," Magee said. "We'll have new vehicles, and we can better serve the public."
According to Magee, the loan will be dispersed in a few weeks and then they will begin bringing in the new vehicles.