PROSSER — This city will purchase six new police vehicles without borrowing money.
The Prosser City Council on Tuesday approved using a loan between different portions of the city budget, called an interfund loan, rather than borrowing money from a financing company, to buy the vehicles at a cost of $228,000.
The 2013 Ford Interceptors, two SUVs and four sedans, will arrive in two to four months, said Rachel Shaw, city clerk.
City officials previously approved purchasing the vehicles because officers will need more communications equipment starting Jan. 8 after the city begins to contract dispatch services with a regional emergency communications company in Richland.
Council members originally had considered borrowing money but decided at Tuesday’s meeting to shift funds from general fund to the criminal justice fund for the purchase, Shaw said.
It’s not a simple transfer, however. State law requires that interfund loans be paid back with interest.