Soaring prices at the gas pumps are hitting the town of Mount Olive, which has depleted its $15,000 budget allotted for fuel.
Prior to the surge, Town Manager Jammie Royall said the town spent between $3,500 to $4,500 monthly to operate its vehicles.
Those numbers have more than doubled.
Department heads have been made aware of the crisis and are encouraged to conserve as much fuel as possible.
“Fuel is one thing, but when you look at the price of gas, it actually has a big impact on the price of everything else,” Royall said. “It all continues to go up. It has always been the last two or three months of the budget year, but this time it really got tight.
“We have told our department heads to watch things closely and just buy what you really need.”
Royall understands services must be provided to the community.
According to town policy, any expenditure that exceeds $500 must be approved by either Royall or Finance Officer Geoffrey Merritt. Town employees currently purchase gas at Friendly Mart and Handy Mart.
“These are tight times and we are all going to have to tighten up,” Royall said.