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).
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!?!?