The Board of Public Works and Safety met Wednesday for a meeting and received information from the Brazil Police Department (BPD) regarding the purchase of new police vehicles.
According to information provided to the council from the BPD, the department received a quote from Fletcher Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep for six Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles.
The department plans to use a financing or lease program, which allows BPD to replace several vehicles at once with a smaller payment amount spread over a few years.
Riddell National Bank quoted the department a 2.5 percent interest rate on the program.
The need for new police vehicles comes at a time when six of the vehicles have anywhere from 70-104,000 miles on them, as well as various mechanical problems.
"(For) these six police cars, there would be four annual payments," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said. "We need to rotate some of these cars out ... we want people to understand they're not asking for an appropriation of new money to do this.
"What they're asking is to use $25,000 from Personal Services ... and $10,000 from the Deferral Fund. So that equates to a $35,000 a year payment."
Board Member Ruthann Jeffries also had Brazil Police Captain Dennis Archer -- who authored the request -- work up some numbers regarding repairs in 2011 and this year to date.
"In 2011 (the department) spent $12,000 on repairs -- that's half the price of a new car," Jeffries said. "So far in 2012, (the department) has already spent $3,500 and there's $7,000 (maintenance) pending that they're not going to do if we agree to purchase these cars.
"I think what they're going to save on maintenance on these vehicles, plus the fact that I don't like the police officers out there in unsafe cars (makes this a legitimate request)."
The new vehicles will then be outfitted with equipment using the department's Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Funds.
According to the department's information, the funds are accrued from seizures and fees collected through fines from traffic tickets and are not taxpayer money.
However, before the motion to accept can be made, City Attorney Traci Lawson said she wanted a chance to look over the lease agreements.
The board decided to table the issue and continue discussing it at a special meeting, which will most likely take place next Wednesday.
The Board of Works and Safety meets regularly the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 10 a.m., in Brazil City Hall.