Date: June 2019
Author: Jason Wiebe
Location: Kern County, California
"Kern County, located in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley of California, has grappled with sustained budget cuts for nearly a decade. Starting with the recession of 2008, budget constraints were aggravated by a steep decline in oil prices; petroleum is one of the County's primary industries and sources of property tax revenue... Because of budget reductions, many departments did not have the resources to replace fleet vehicles. This caused departments to extend the life of vehicles well beyond 10 years in many cases. The long use of vehicles led to maintenance and fuel cost increases, higher emissions, lower resale value, and overall reliability and safety concerns. These problems were magnified by the County's vast geography, which covers more than 8,000 square miles."
Kern County Vehicle