The City of Lawrence (Kan.) has purchased $1.75 million worth of vehicles this month to replace its aging fleet out of a reserve replacement fund so the monies wouldn't be lost in the 2016 budget.

In April, the average age of the city’s vehicle fleet had risen to 9.5 years, up from about 5.8 years in 1999. In June, the city’s recommended budget included an extra $1.25 million in vehicle and equipment purchases in 2016 compared with 2015, reports the Lawrence Journal-World.

The city is purchasing vehicles across the board, including refuse trucks, half-ton pickups for Public Works, police utility interceptors, 4x4 pickups for the utilities department, dump trucks with snow plows and salt spreaders, Ford Escape SUVs for the planning department, and F-350/F-450 trucks for the parks and recreation department.

Originally posted on Government Fleet