The national average of a gallon of regular gasoline is over the $4.00 mark and that hurts the pocketbook of all consumers in the United States. It also affects the fuel line item in County, City and Town budgets.
Starke County Sheriff, Oscar Cowen, told WKVI that the Sheriff’s Department staff is keeping an eye on the prices, but services to the citizens will not diminish because gas prices are high. He said that when we saw a spike in prices in 2008, the Sheriff’s Department made it through and hopes to come within the fuel budget this time around.
Knox City Police Chief, Clint Norem, told WKVI that patrols will not fall victim to gas prices and his Department is keeping an eye on the gas prices as well. He said if the prices get too high, he might have to reduce title check and lockout services. If the residents would need a title check, they would need to go to the Police Department to complete that transaction. Norem said, until that time, the Police Department will continue to patrol the City and provide citizens with the help they need, while conserving fuel.