- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Cities are looking to spend extra cash left in their budget thanks to the drop in fuel prices in 2015.

Caldwell and Nampa saw major savings in their 2015 fuel budgets, The Idaho Press-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/20IH2wg). In Nampa, the police department has had surplus funds in its fuel budget for the past three years.

In both cities, the police departments have ore vehicles than any other city department.

Nampa Police Capt. Brad Daniels said last year the department used leftover cash to replace two garage doors at its secure parking lot. The leftover gas money allowed the department to avoid asking the City Council for additional money.

“Instead of the council approving a new budget (for repairs), we pulled that money out of our fuel budget,” Daniels said. “It gave us the ability to move forward with repairs.”

In all, Nampa had more than $239,000 left over from its fuel budget, or about 30 percent. City Finance Director Vikki Chandler said 2015 was the first year the city has saved more than anticipated. The city budgeted for $500,000 in savings but was able to pocket an extra $1.2 million.

In Caldwell, the city saved $304,033 in its total fuel budget in 2015, or about 39 percent. Caldwell Finance Director Eljay Waite said none of the departments that had extra funding from a 2015 fuel budget used the excess for a specific project.

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Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, https://www.idahopress.com

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