LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) says policy changes in the new state budget are helping make the agency more efficient when it comes to checking gasoline at pumps around the state.
In the past, one inspector would check fuel quality and safety, while another made sure the pump was accurately providing the right amount of fuel.
With the new changes, the DATCP has combined both departments into one team. The move, according to a department spokesperson, saves on travel costs and reporting time since all tests can be done in one trip. The exception is for fuel quality testing which must be done in a lab. The department inspects roughly 30,000 pumps every year.
While the merging of the two departments means some cross training for staff, the DATCP spokesperson said they've eliminated 7.5 vacant positions at a savings for taxpayers of $670,000 each year.
"They want to know they're getting their money's worth at the gas pump," said Sandy Chalmers, DATCP administrator. "These inspections are designed to make sure that what registers on the gas pump is actually what goes into the tank."
Other changes include a new sticker for gas pumps that are up to code. A phone number is at the bottom of the sticker for consumers to call with fuel complaints.
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