The rising gas prices that are crimping your spending are cutting into your government's budget, too.
Stanislaus County expects to spend $1.5 million on fuel this year, up from $1.2 million in 2006. In 2001, the county spent $602,000 to drive roughly the same number of miles its 850 cars and trucks travel today.
The Sheriff's Department accounts for about half of those sums, which do not include fuel spending for the county's Public Works Department.
The volatility of the fuel prices makes it difficult to budget, said Steve DeMass, county fleet manager,
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"You see what the market is doing, and what it has done over the years, and come up with a percentage increase," he said. "With the fuel price jumping up and down like it is, it's a real tough one to predict."
Modesto, meanwhile, likely will spend $1.9 million on fuel this budget year for its 900 vehicles, up from $1.6 million in 2006.
"It's just putting the hurt on everybody," Modesto Finance Director Wayne Padilla said.
Both agencies buy their fuel in bulk and pay less per gallon than a customer at the pump. The county, for example, is paying $3.48 for a gallon of unleaded gas, while the city is paying $3.56.