Two months after Indianapolis officials agreed to terminate a controversial vehicle leasing agreement, the City-County Council has approved $1.2 million to begin purchasing vehicle replacements.
In 2014 the city’s then-Mayor Greg Ballard signed an agreement with Vision Fleet to lease 425 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids through 2021 at a cost of $32 million. This was a controversial move, and at one point the City-County Council sued Ballard for not following procurement protocols. In February, current Mayor Joe Hogsett signed a new contract, which requires the city to return the 200 cars it has already received by Jan 1, 2019.
This week, the City-County Council agreed to transfer $1.27 million to purchase and equip 50 vehicles, replacing Vision Fleet vehicles that will be phased out of service. These vehicles will be used by the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, according to city documents.
The interim director of the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services told the Indianapolis Business Journal these funds will be used to purchase Ford Fusion hybrids, and will be used by inspectors responsible for identifying zoning and licensing issues, high weeds and grass, and trash and illegal dumping.