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Bloomington should cut back on vehicles

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If the city of Bloomington is concerned about the cost of fuel for the city's vehicles perhaps all they need to do is trim the number of vehicles it has in use. Why do we need to supply vehicles for all of these departments and their employees?

Many employees drive a city vehicle every day to and from work. I personally have seen these workers come home for lunch, stop at the bank, etc. When I asked why the vehicle was issued the response was, "If I get called out, then I already have a city vehicle and I do not have to go downtown."

Well, is the same person on call every night that they need a vehicle every night? Why not just reimburse for mileage and let them use their own personal vehicles? Then the city would not have to pay for insurance, license plates, maintenance of the vehicle and also fuel. The federal allowance is 44.5 cents per mile for vehicle use. Then you add the actual cost of a new vehicle every five or more years and I see a possibility of multiple savings for the city and its taxpayers.

Robert Westerfield



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