Cortland County considers lease option on sheriff’s patrol cars

Cortland County will consider leasing rather than buying vehicles for its sheriff’s department after an analysis suggests that leasing is cheaper than buying.

“I would’ve said years ago don’t lease, but it’s something that’s changed quite a bit,” said Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms, noting the sheriff’s departments in Madison, Seneca and Cayuga counties all lease vehicles.

The county Legislature’s Judiciary and Public Safety Committee briefly discussed the matter last week, and committee chair Michael Barylski (D-Cortlandville) said that conversation will continue this month.

“It very well might come up,” Barylski said Monday. “I don’t understand perfectly which one is lesser than the other.”

Cortland Standard

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