City of Hoboken: Gas Purchases

Here’s an interesting point a reader called me about yesterday. I never thought twice about this, but she shed light on a simple city over-expenditure.

I’m a bit ashamed for not realizing this earlier, since I hear on the police scanner all day long “115 going to gas up”, or something along similar lines. From my observation (for the HPD at least), Hoboken uses only the Exxon stations in Weehawken and Jersey City to fuel up the squad cars. Not sure about the rest of the city vehicles (there’s MANY of them).

Hoboken Gas purchases

But she noted that the gas at this Jersey City station was $2.65 per gallon for regular grade fuel. By comparison, the Hess station uptown was only $2.49 per gallon (as of 2:30pm yesterday).

That’s a 6-7% difference in price.

This is taxpayer money they’re spending for fuel. I am not privy for what “concessions” may be made for having a “corporate” account with a gas station, but just as the city has over a dozen bank accounts to “get the most favorable rates”, why doesn’t the city also go to the gas station with the lowest cost?

Additionally, the reader had mentioned with 90% certainty, that the city gets a portion of the sales tax proceeds that Hoboken businesses generate. Wouldn’t it make sense to use a HOBOKEN gas station?

In the long run, this may not add up to much. But in my “ball park” (and likely way off base) estimate, I used 100 vehicles, and 60 gallons a week. At that differential, it would mean a $50,000 annual savings for the city. Hey, that could pay my salary if I became their “Technical Consultant”… By god, I’m sure the websites would be more progressive at least!

Why the disparity between the “bank accounts” and the “gas station choices”? Is it because there’s DUNKIN’ DONUTS at the Exxons!?!?

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18 Comments on "City of Hoboken: Gas Purchases"


westy
Member
9 years 28 days ago

I hope Shhh… is right and the police and others have a fully bid out contract.

It has been the Hoboken taxpayers who ends up paying the inflated bills too many times when insider deals have been made.

ShhhDontTell
Member
9 years 28 days ago

[quote comment=”41934″][quote comment=”41922″][quote comment=”41920″]Did anyone ever wonder if both gas stations are owned by the same person, and perhaps there maybe some type of political connection? 8O[/quote]

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There’s nothing unusual about someone owning more than one gas station, or any other kind of business.[/quote]

But I see you make no mention if there is a political connection. Shouldn’t there be some sort of price bidding to get the city contract for fuel? Do the owners of the gas station have a friend in city hall? Just things to think about. :lol:[/quote]

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You’re reading too much Nancy Drew on your day off.

The contract was bid on. Exxon won.

When city vehicles pull into the station to fill up, the attendant types the vehicle number into the pump display. Then they ask the driver for his or her personal ID number, which is in their data base. If the ID number matches the vehicle number, the gas will be released. If the number doesn’t match…they don’t get gas. 🙄

By the way…..we are not talking just police cars. Also fire engines, garbage trucks, recycling trucks, Parking Authority, pretty much all vehicles that have MG (Municipal Government) plates.

There is no way this wasn’t bid on. All contracts over x amount of dollars must go out for bid.

Mama Luke
Member
9 years 28 days ago

[quote comment=”41922″][quote comment=”41920″]Did anyone ever wonder if both gas stations are owned by the same person, and perhaps there maybe some type of political connection? 8O[/quote]

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There’s nothing unusual about someone owning more than one gas station, or any other kind of business.[/quote]

But I see you make no mention if there is a political connection. Shouldn’t there be some sort of price bidding to get the city contract for fuel? Do the owners of the gas station have a friend in city hall? Just things to think about. 😆

MauMau
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MauMau
9 years 29 days ago

[quote comment=”41920″]Did anyone ever wonder if both gas stations are owned by the same person, and perhaps there maybe some type of political connection? 8O[/quote]

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There’s nothing unusual about someone owning more than one gas station, or any other kind of business.

Mama Luke
Member
9 years 29 days ago

Did anyone ever wonder if both gas stations are owned by the same person, and perhaps there maybe some type of political connection? 😯

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