Thursday, August 14, 2008

Take home vehicles - Building Department

The Council has received the information on town take-home-vehicles. There's quite a few cars and a lot of information. So I'll post it by department, starting with this introductory memo that includes the Building Department:Other departments include Parks & Rec, Police, Fire and Public Works... for a total of five departments.

I believe both the TM and Superintendent are given a gasoline stipend of about $5,000 to $6,000 per year.

My goal is to save your tax dollars, while still providing you (the taxpayers) with basically the same level of service. So I'd really appreciate any ideas you can offer.

Tim White

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do they get a car and a stipend?

$5,000 to $6,000 a year stipend? How generous. Maybe they should keep track of their business mileage and put it in on an expense report. How are other employees reinbused?

Can't imagine the superintendent having to drive that much.

tim white said...

Do they get a car and a stipend?

My understanding is that both the TM and Sptd get stipends, but do not get take home vehicles.

tim white said...

How are other employees reinbused?

Based on my reading of the budget, I believe some ee's are reimbursed... while others get take home vehicles that get free gas from the town pumps.

But that's part of my goal in this discussion... first understanding the process... then determining if there should be any changes to the existing policy.

Anonymous said...

1) The IRS has guidelines for business/personal usage of Town vehicles. Does the Town enforce those guidelines & report usage to the IRS?
2) Why so many vehicles in Town? 170+? Can't the Council mandate a cut of 20-30% of the fleet?
3) Instead of getting rid of older vehicles, they usually keep it and assign it to a Town Employee under some ruse that it's part of their duties, etc.

tim white said...

Does the Town enforce those guidelines & report usage to the IRS?

I've been told that happens.

Can't the Council mandate a cut of 20-30% of the fleet?

I'm sure the Council could, but I don't know that would be a good idea.

Anonymous said...

Some advice on cost-cutting: Cut what you CAN, not what you WANT to. A few years ago, the Town had 140+ cars; now it's 170+, by 2012, it could be 200+. The number will continue to GROW unless you try to rein the number in.

Anonymous said...

Both of the people are overpaid already. Now we have to give them an extra 5-6000 in gas money?

They can pay for their gas just like everyone else. On the 5-4 vote to reduce the TM silly pay increase you can now remove his gas money and tell him take it out of his raise.

What a joke. Its time to get nasty with these poeple and throw it back in theor face. Nothing will change this behavior unless you put your foot down.

"A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power" Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The revolution need to begin.

This is FUBAR!

Anonymous said...

I wonder how we are doing with that Prius they pissed our money away on.

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that when a policeman directs traffic at a construction site, that the time is during his off duty hours and that the contractor or company that requested the officer, pays the town and the town pays the officer. If that is true, then do the off duty payments get included in determining his annual earnings for retirement and if it does something seems wrong.

tim white said...

I've been told that private companies pay the Town an hourly fee that includes the future cost of postretirement benefits.

Of course, postretirement benefits can be complicated. But the basic notion to which you allude is covered by the private companies.

Anonymous said...

Giving employees vehicles without having the proper controls is inviting abuse. One possible solution is simply to have employees use their personal vehicles and then reimburse them for their (documented) mileage. If an employee has to submit an expense report, which is reviewed and approved by management, there is less opportunity for abuse.

Personally, I find the argument that the building inspector needs an SUV (as opposed to a compact car) as extremely weak.

Anonymous said...

If you go by IRS standards whicg state you get $0.54 per mile and they are getting between $5,000 and $6,000, this means they should be traveling 10,000 miles a year.
Our town is not that big. I understand that he may have to go to meeting in other parts of the state, but is he really traveling that far?
Why don't we have him submit mileage statements on a monthly basis and reimburse him based on the IRS standards? Most executives and people who travel a lot for business do it this way.
I think it is utterly ridiculous that we just throw that kind of mony towards him.
What is is based on?

Anonymous said...

"an hourly fee that includes the future cost of postretirement benefits."

most of their plans are based on the highest 3 years earnings and since they can retire after 20 years, they could collect for 30 to 40 years and that could be much more than anyone would want to pay now. When you read about some of the deals in New Haven it become ridiculous.