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City Halls Feel Less Pinch at the Pump

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Pasco, WA- City halls across the Mid Columbia are feeling less of a pinch at the gas pump.

The City of Richland says it has paid 41-percent less for gas this year than it did last year.

For the first eight months last year, Richland spent a staggering $763,000 in gas. So far this year,  the city has saved more than $300,000 in comparison.

Public information officer Candace Andrews says when pump prices peaked at four dollars a gallon, word went out to city workers to save whenever they could. "Don't idle a vehicle if you're need to stop for a while, turn it off. Be sure you accelerate slowly," Andrews says, "all the tips you always hear about on how you can save gasoline."

While the city has paid less for gas this year, Richland has actually used about two thousand gallons more so far, because of its new curbside recycling program.