Larry Campbell, the city's fleet director, said city officials hope to start planning vehicle purchases later in each department's capital improvement plan, or CIP, to avoid widely fluctuating needs from year to year.
Campbell said, "Some years we'd buy 40 vehicles, and the next year it would be 140. As we plan CIPs for five years, we're not going to see big spikes. We're trying to keep a straight line."
Campbell said 2012 was the first year in at least a decade that Fort Wayne Police went without new cars.
Of this year's total $1.99 million purchase, more than $1.7 million will go toward the police and fire departments, according to a city memo. The rest would go toward City Utilities and the public works division.