The City of Norfolk, Va., will be investing $3.8 million to update its aging equipment and vehicles thanks to an 10-cent increase in real estate taxes. The average age of city vehicles is more than 10 years, 13NewsNow reported.

Fleet staff is working with user departments to determine which vehicles will be replaced. Fleet Manager Steve Patterson told Government Fleet that staff members e-mail each user department with a list of vehicles that are at the end of their useful life and ask the department for its list of top 10 “mission-critical” vehicles that should be prioritized. Fleet staff compares it with its own list, reviewing age, mileage, and maintenance cost to create a master replacement list. Emergency service vehicles, such as those used by the Police and Fire Departments, will be prioritized.

The fiscal year starts on July 1. Fleet staff is currently gathering quotes from various vendors, Patterson said.

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