Lease out weighs benefits for LCSO

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
After initial disagreements between Limestone County commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office in this year’s budget talks on how many new patrol cars to buy – four or five – all parties appeared satisfied to learn of an offer for the county to lease eight new patrol vehicles for less than half the cost of what was formerly budgeted for four or five vehicles.
The offer was explained at commissioners court’s Sept. 12 meeting by Billy Hughes, with American National Leasing. The company, based in Wichita Falls, has been around for 40 years, and is affiliated with American National Bank & Trust. The company started a program leasing heavy machinery to cities 17 years ago, then expanded to leasing vehicles to sheriff’s offices about eight years ago.
“We currently have 15-16 counties,” Hughes said, “including Falls County; they’re doing our Sheriff’s Program. We have cities that do it as well, including the cities of Marlin, Crawford, Gooding and Clifton.”

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