Councilwoman calls for audit of city’s automobile fleet

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 12:05pm
Staff reports

At-large Metro Councilwoman Megan Barry on Wednesday called for an audit of the city’s automobile fleet, saying a list of vehicles driven infrequently during the past year turned up some obvious places to save money.

“This year, as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, it became clear that the cost of Metro’s fleet operation was projected to significantly increase both due to the number of vehicles in service and general increases in the cost of fuel,” Barry said in a statement.

There are thousands of vehicles in the Metro fleet, costing the city millions in fuel and maintenance costs annually. Barry is focusing on non-emergency cars and trucks driven fewer than 4,000 miles per year.

In a letter sent to the directors of 22 city departments, Barry asked for each to provide a justification by Aug. 1 for continuing to use the low-mileage vehicles. According to an attached report, the overall long-term savings could be more than $600,000, while some operational costs could be curbed by reimbursing city employees for mileage on their own cars.

“Clearly it would be better for the taxpayers if these vehicles were eliminated from the fleet or assigned as replacements to avoid additional purchases,” Barry said. 

15 Comments on this post:

By: RTungsten on 7/13/11 at 10:17

Likewise, can we do the same for our Council members? If you haven't done anything to save the city money, please provide justification why you should remain in your seat.
The Taxpayers

By: bfra on 7/13/11 at 10:23

I would like to know why 2 terms in council, warrants a lifetime of insurance for that member & their familly!

By: artsmart on 7/13/11 at 10:50

Thank goodness we have news channel 5 because it is clear the Government offices will not audit each other. I would love to how much money is either thrown away or stolen on a yearly basis by these people. I would still like to know how Torrence is entitled to his bloated pension when he was run out of office.

By: bfra on 7/13/11 at 11:00

Speaking of "crooked politicians", wonder how much Lineweaver is getting from the taxpayers? He had a Metro car, that he dispatched all over town with his magnetic political sighs on each side and wanted another one. At least they did turn him down on the 2nd car.

By: jimmie on 7/13/11 at 11:02

Wonder why a 33k Tahoe makes bigger news than the metro director of finance overpaying Bob frensley a million dollars for his dealership?
Check and tell me if councilmember buddy baker who pushed this thru if he and rich reibeling aren't driving cars provided by Bob frensley himself today.

I guess Megan's private personal relationship with rich prevents her from speaking about that....she is an ethics professional afterall.

By: bfra on 7/13/11 at 11:49

If anyone really started digging and cut out all the corruption in local Government, we would be a much RICHER city!

By: localboy on 7/13/11 at 2:41

...but it would be so dull...and empty...

By: bfra on 7/13/11 at 2:49

Yeah! Would be a lot of empty gov. offices, for a while, but it would certainly help the over all community!

By: boyer barner on 7/14/11 at 12:05

Oh wow!

Megan Barry gets tough on cars!

What absolute BS.

Who is advising her campaign?

Pee Wee Herman?

She sounds like Sarah Palin.

By: bfra on 7/14/11 at 6:09

Sure it is a political ploy for votes, but if some of these ploys get the taxpayers objecting strong enough against all the political misuse of taxpayer's money, that would be a good thing. Might also help get some more of the leeches out and they would have to actually work & earn their money.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/11 at 6:56

That's pretty subjective. You could streamline government as much as you want and still some would complain about misuse of funds.

Death, taxes and bitching about taxes...

By: bfra on 7/14/11 at 7:27

g - I am referring to the corruption & misuse by mainly elected officials. If enough bitch loud enough & often enough, it would help. Instead of just being passive about it!

By: wasaw on 7/14/11 at 8:19

Why does Garrett and Rucker need city owned/maintained vehicles to operate their offices. All they're doing is driving to work, out to lunch, shopping, and then back home. Now they may also be driving to the bank and the liquor store but they ain't telling. There is a reason there's no signage on their vehicles (except during election times)

Politics as usual in Davidson County folks. The only time our councul people even appear to be working for us is just before election time. The remainder of their time is spent trying to change every street name in Nashville to MLK or to pass resolutions commending air-headed high schoolers for supporting homosexuals. Aren't there still sodomy laws on the books.

Think about it folks. We have a low graduation rate, low passing state test rate, but we want to commend them for loving queers. Only in America !

By: Nitzche on 7/14/11 at 5:08

megan Barry for State rep? that is what is coming...she is a joke, should marry that Hollins guy

By: annacrasto on 10/1/11 at 5:49

but before getting married , she should get a car insurance for students, after all she is a student.