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City leaders break with tradition to save money

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Staying loyal, or saving money. That’s the dilemma Bay City City Manager Rick Finn wrestled with. But in the end, the city chose to break with tradition.

The police department needs four new vehicles. A 33-year-old  city tradition meant those cars would be Chevy Tahoes, a General Motors brand, because GM is one of the city’s largest employers.

But instead, local leaders voted 5-to-3 to buy Ford Explorers. A move that saved taxpayers around $38,000.

The city should get the new vehicles within 10-to-12 weeks.

Finn tells us there are other brands that will never be used by local law enforcement.

“If this were between GM, and say, a Japanese vendor, we would regardless of the dollar amount, we would want to stay within American built cars and trucks,” said Finn.

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