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County weighs benefits of leased vehicles

Carlton County coordinator Dennis Genereau gave a pitch for three new leased pickups for the property management department during Monday’s meeting, sparking a discussion by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners about replacing all county-owned cars with leased vehicles.

Carlton County assessor Kyle Holmes is pushing for the change. Holmes oversees the “county fleet” of 16 rental vehicles: seven county at the courthouse in Carlton and nine used by Health & Human Services in Cloquet. These had been owned in the past and were upgraded through purchases from local dealers, but when he took ov...