Reducing Overhead To Help Budget
While facing a $400 million budget deficit, another Mountain State agency is cutting back on its vehicles.
In an effort to save taxpayers money, and close the budget gap, newly-appointed West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Tom Smith is announcing that the West Virginia Division of Highways will be reducing its transportation fleet by 122 vehicles in 2017.
“Governor Justice asked us to work diligently to identify where we can operate more efficiently,” states Smith, via a news release. “Toward that end, the Division of Highways’ efforts to manage its fleet more effectively has resulted in reducing those numbers by 122 vehicles this year.”
The reduction will be realized through the DOH’s vehicle auctions. It is planned to lower one-third in the May auction and the remaining two-thirds through its October auction. Through this process, the DOH hopes to promote optimum utilization of the division’s other fleet vehicles. The auction is expected to raise about $2 million.