Gas Prices Rising

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

High gas prices are not just an added burden for individuals and families. Business and government agencies have budgets to stay within as well, like sheriff's departments.

Deputies in Lauderdale County, for example, average around 1,500 gallons of gas a week.

"We're over budget currently in that line item," says Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun, "however we are under budget in other line items, so we'll move money around and make things work."

Calhoun says there are no plans to limit the amount of time deputies spend on patrols.

School districts are also feeling the pinch at the pump. The Meridian Public School District budgeted about $215,000 for fuel, but with three months left in the fiscal year, district officials say they are looking at a budget shortfall as well.

"nationwide school districts are also feeling the pinch at the pump, the Meridian Public School District budgeted about $215,000 for fuel for their fleet of buses this fiscal year, but with three months left in that period, district officials say they are looking at a budget shortfall as well

"We're going to deal with that the way we deal with any other issue with our budget," says MPSD Chief Fiscal Officer Rebecca Stevens "we're going to evaluate that, and make do with what we have through the end of this fiscal year."

There are no plans to change any bus routes in Meridian.

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  • by c w on Feb 25, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    we should quit selling so much to other countries and use it here.gas is one of our biggest exports.
  • by bearhunter on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    The problem is not capitalism. The united states has more oil in it then the middle east but stupid environmentalists mostly liberal keep us from drilling and sustaining are self. Opec is funding a lot of them and to many do not know these things because are government does not want you to know. On example, we can't drill in Alaska were the polar bear lives. It was a scam by left wing animal rights and environmentalists to get the bear on endangered species so they could claim the land to not drill so as not to hurt the bears environment. Wake up America. If we could exterminate the liberals, that would put a end to all the trouble makers and we could get back on track.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to bearhunter
      You should really study why scientists are against drilling in cold weather climates. I am sure you could care less about the world once you are gone, so long as your conservative greed is satisfied by drilling where-ever whenever. And the problem is capitalism. There is no regulation on the price, and experts can't explain why the price of gas is up, when demand is down. That is a direct problem with capitalism. I am sure your blind eyes can't see it, but it doesn't keep it from being real.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 04:57 AM
    What is the problem? This is free-market capitalism at work. I thought that is what America liked.
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