Winnebago County Sheriff's Department to get propane cars

CREATED Nov 6, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 7, 2013

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department is turning to propane-powered squad cars in an attempt to cut costs.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports provisions in the 2014 county budget allocate $52,000 to purchase and install propane conversion kits on eight squad cars and $10,000 to build a propane filling station on the highway department grounds.

The change allows the sheriff's department to budget $268,110 for fuel this year, down 6.3 percent from $286,235 in the 2013 budget.

Sheriff John Matz says the county will save $12,000 in fuel costs over the lifespan of each vehicle. The department is expected to save about $138,000 annually in fuel costs when the agency's 23 squad cars convert.