The Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office will use a Clean Energy Grant to buy two Ford C-max hybrid vehicles to boost fuel efficiency and help improve the county’s air quality, Property Assessor Rob Mitchell said today.
The purchase of the vehicles, made possible by funding from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation should save taxpayers more than $30,000 over the next 10 years by cutting fuel costs, according to Mitchell.
“This purchase will make us the firs assessor’s office in the state of Tennessee to make use of hybrid vehicles,” Mitchell said.
New and emerging technology has helped the assessor’s office save more than $800,000 over the last two years, he added.
The Rutherford County Commission Budget and Finance Committee is set to vote on financing for the vehicles Wednesday. Once they are purchased and put on the office fleet, Mitchell said, the public is invited to inspect and test-drive them.