Fuel Management

Louisville Appeals Ban on Police Take-Home Fees

August 06, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KY - Louisville Metro Government filed an appeal Aug. 3 in Jefferson Circuit Court, challenging the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's ruling that the city cannot charge police officers a take-home fee, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

The cabinet ruled July 7 that the city would have to negotiate through a police union contract any fees associated with officers taking cars home. That ruling said the city must "immediately" stop charging the fees - $100 per month, or $160 per month if the car is used as transport to a second job - and allow back in any officers who opted out of the program to avoid the fees, reported the Journal.

Under the program, officers are free to use the take-home vehicles for personal or family business, and do not have to pay for gas, maintenance, or insurance. Mayor Jerry Abramson instituted the fees - initially smaller - in March 2008 as the city was facing a $13 million budget shortfall. He increased the fees to their current level last fiscal year, when the city faced a $20 million shortfall.

The Fraternal Order of Police, River City Lodge 614, also sought a ruling Aug. 3 on whether the city has to repay the $890,000 already collected from the take-home car program. The cabinet's ruling said the repayment should be negotiated with the union.

Although fees have not been charged since May, Louisville would have collected an estimated $1.4 million this fiscal year, city officials told the Journal.

 

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Recent Topics

Good Afternoon, I am with the City of Pocatello, Idaho. We are currently hiring a Fleet Manager. If anyone is interested in relocating...

View Topic

At the City of Kirkwood, charging out direct labor hours is taken very seriously and one of my technicians posed a very good question....

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1134 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Runzheimer International Ltd. provides a range of employee mobility services relating to business vehicles, relocation, travel management, corporate aircraft, and virtual office programs.

Read more

Fuel Saving Strategies Survey

View our 2008 survey to benchmark your fleet's fuel and green strategies with other fleets.
 

Fuel Calculator

A managed fuel program can help you save time and money and gain control over the way you fuel your vehicles. Determine your potential savings by using our fuel calculator.
Launch Fuel Calculator 

Fuel Prices

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices.

Launch Fuel Prices