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Vehicle tax will buy new truck


Following passage of a motor vehicle registration tax, the Haines Borough will purchase a $50,000 Freightliner flatbed truck to use for transporting abandoned and junked vehicles.

The truck also will be used for other tasks including transporting borough equipment and moving vehicles blocking snow plows. It will replace the borough’s 1968 flatbed truck.

The assembly voted at a recent meeting to increase the original $25,000 budget for a truck to $50,000, using an additional $25,000 from the areawide general fund. According to the budget amendment, the appropriation will be repaid in the future from motor vehicle registration tax revenues.

Assembly members disagreed on the merits of the borough purchasing the truck, with Dave Berry and George Campbell voting against the extra $25,000 appropriation. Campbell said he still doesn’t support the borough “getting into the towing business.”

The borough advertised a request for proposals to hire a private towing service, but the sole response was deemed unresponsive. Campbell said the borough should have tried again.

“The RFP was not written as well as I believe it could have been. I think we could do a better job and get private industry to do it,” he said.

The truck, a 2006 Freightliner with 55,000 miles on it, is currently in California and will be purchased from Berry Brother Towing & Transport. It will cost an additional $5,750 in transportation costs to bring to Haines.

Public facilities director Carlos Jimenez said borough mechanic Jonathan Sheets would travel to California to perform an on-site inspection and assess the condition of the vehicle.


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