“As gas prices surge, Michigan sheriff asks deputies to manage some dispatch calls by phone”

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With average gas prices at well over $5 a gallon, at least one Michigan police force says it is about to go over its fuel budget and is now asking officers to handle “whatever calls are acceptable” by phone.

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that it is “feeling the pain at the pump,” and has “exhausted what funds were budgeted” for gasoline with “several months to go before the budget reset.”

The county, in the heart of central lower Michigan, is not alone.

Local governments are experiencing the same pain as commuters and trying to make adjustments, Dan Gilmartin, the CEO Michigan Municipal League, said Wednesday. He added that the problem is likely to get even worse.

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“They’re scrambling,” Gilmartin said of Michigan’s local governments.


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