The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office will soon be seeking bids on 16 new patrol cars after the county commission added $200,000 to its budget Monday night. Commissioners approved moving money from fund balance to the sheriff’s budget to increase the number of cars to be bought this fiscal year from eight to 16. The additional money comes from an unexpected $1.1 million surplus revealed at the end of the past fiscal year in June. Mayor Bob Rial said the rest of the surplus will help the county get its fund balance back up to the 20 percent level around $4 million. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe has said he hopes by bidding out 16 new vehicles, he will be able to get a better deal than even the current state contract with auto dealers. The 16 new cars will replace half of the current patrol fleet, which has 18 cars with more than 150,000 miles. The sheriff plans to include about $200,000 in each year’s budget to purchase eight new vehicles a year, with older vehicles coming off patrol and being used by the warrant, criminal investigation and administrative divisions.