Building the budgeting process

The Houston vision is to create a self-perpetuating vehicle and equipment fund that requires new appropriations of zero dollars specifically for the replacement and maintenance of the public works and engineering fleet.

Steve Grabarek, a mechanic in Westminster, Colo., helps hold the line on replacement costs through quality maintenance programs.

Minh Tran (left) and Wilfred (Willy) Maranon repair the brakes on a Ford 9000 dump truck in Houston's main fleet shop.

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