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County to buy cars in fleet management plan

County Commissioner Bill Elfering

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – Umatilla County is working on a contract with Enterprise to management its fleet of vehicles. Commissioner Bill Elfering says that while Enterprise is known as a car rental agency, the county doesn’t intend to lease its vehicles.

“It’s going to be probably cheaper for us to buy the cars outright and own them, rather than rent them,” he said. “That’s the direction we’re kind of headed at this particular point.”

The county has not been that efficient in managing its own fleet, especially in getting rid of vehicles once they need to be replaced. Elfering says that hit home when Commissioner John Shafer checked out the county parking lot north of the Umatilla County Courthouse in Pendleton.

“Commissioner Shafer went out and counted the cars in the county parking lot and came up with a count of, I think it was about, 168 cars,” Elfering said. “We only have about 30 more employees than that.”

Elfering said that if the contract is approved, Enterprise would also purchase the new cars and schedule regular maintenance for the vehicles.

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