Governments weigh value of take-home cars

Local government employees driving county- and city-owned cars can stop at a grocery store on the way home from work, but not one several blocks out of the way.

Franklin police officers get a vehicle to use when they patrol city streets for speeders and possible crimes; but at home, unless they are called to a crime scene, the vehicles should be parked.

City officials check whether that is happening by monitoring mileage and gas use.

As gas prices have risen in recent years, local governments have tightened policies on where and when employees can drive their work vehicles. In Indianapolis, city officials are discussing a surcharge for city employees, including firefighters and police officers, who have take-home vehicles. The surcharge would bring in an estimated $1.4 million according to the mayor’s budget.


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