NYC’s gas bill for fleet vehicles has risen 58% over the past year to $108 million

New York City has spent more than $108 million in the past year on fuel to run the nation’s largest fleet of municipal vehicles, a whopping 58% increase over the previous 12 months.

Data provided exclusively to The Post by Comptroller Brad Lander’s office shows city agencies racked up $108,395,802 in fuel bills to power the nearly 30,000 vehicles in the fleet between July 1, 2021 and June 20. The current fiscal year ends on June 30.

In the previous fiscal year, the city spent $68,780,299 on gasoline.

Among the hardest hit agencies are the Department of Sanitation, which saw its costs rise 68% to $31.1 million; the Department of Transportation, which rose 79.3% to $21.9 million; the NYPD, which jumped 57.5% to $21.7 million; and the FDNY, which saw its costs soar 55% to $13 million.

Last week, the average national gas price hit $5.

“Inflation and global shortages are fueling rising gas prices, and everyone is feeling the pressure, including city agencies,” Lander said.

Last week, the national average gasoline price hit $5 for the first time ever, as global energy prices continue to soar around the world.

The spike in fuel costs comes despite efforts in recent years by Mayor Adams and his predecessor Bill de Blasio to downsize the municipal fleet and get workers to rely more on hybrid and electric vehicles, rather than on gas-guzzling cars and SUVs.

Comptroller Brad Lander blamed the bill on inflation and global shortages.
Comptroller Brad Lander blamed the bill on inflation and global shortages.
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The fleet used 25,796,373 gallons of fuel in fiscal year 2021 and was on track to exceed that total in the first four months of this fiscal year, using 8,764,888 gallons. according to data released by the mayor’s office in February.

City officials attribute the recent increase in gas mileage to the fact that fewer city vehicles were on the road during the height of the pandemic the previous year.

The city’s overall energy costs increased last year by 10.3%, or nearly $139 million, from $1.34 billion in fiscal year 2021 to $1.48 billion for the present exercise, according to the controller.

Fuel costs to heat, light and operate city properties soared 65% to $91.1 million. However, the city relies on natural gas and other energy sources to run its schools, libraries and most of its properties, and that cost usage rose 5% to $1.28 billion.

NYPD fuel costs alone jumped 57.5%.
NYPD fuel costs alone jumped 57.5%.
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The mayor’s office disputed the comptroller’s numbers, saying Friday its data showed fuel costs for city vehicles rose 50%, from $61.4 million in fiscal year 2021 to $92.2 million. million dollars so far this fiscal year.

However, Adams and Lander agree on why energy costs are rising across the board and believe the city will realize substantial savings as it transitions to using more electric vehicles and retrofits its buildings to rely more on cleaner and cheaper energy.

“Rising gas costs, high inflation and ongoing supply chain issues have all contributed to higher fuel costs for city agencies,” said Jonah Allon, the mayor’s spokesman. “Despite this challenging environment, we continue to constantly monitor costs and seek efficiencies in line with the Mayor’s fiscally responsible approach.”

Adams announced plans to remove 855 vehicles from the fleet in the next fiscal year beginning July 1.

He also told The Post exclusively in January that he wanted to reduce the fleet to a “minimum”, which includes bringing it back to at least levels seen when Michael Bloomberg was mayor nearly a decade ago. years, when it had less than 26,000 vehicles.

Edward N. Arrington