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Budget Cuts Five Cars from the Wicomico Sheriff's Office

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.- The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office has had five cars removed from its budget.

After the county removed $285,000 worth of cars from his budget, Sheriff Mike Lewis said these vehicles are instrumental in providing service to the county.

Lewis said not only do these vehicles help the deputies patrol the streets of the county, but they also play a vital role in the opioid epidemic.

"These vehicles that we have on the road don't have a fraction of the technology that these new vehicles have," he said. "These vehicles are very much needed for the many men and women of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office so we can better our community."

County Council President John Cannon said the council felt it made the right decision for the budget this year.

"I can understand his frustration," he said. "The council was pulled in many directions as far as necessary funding. We certainly do understand his concern but again we felt that 10 cars at this time would suffice."

But, while Cannon said it was the right move, County Executive Bob Culver thought otherwise.

"To pull out $285,000 out of a car allowance is a very minor thing," he said. "I understand what the council was trying to do and that's fine but, the point is you've got to be able to get to some departments where they need it."

Lewis said he hopes they can come to a resolution with the council. But, Cannon said that it will take time to get to where they want to be. 

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