SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's your money and we are keeping a close eye on it foryou.
22News Reporter Jaclyn Cashman uncovers who still gets a cityvehicle in local government, despite the tough times.
This week several local communities passed their fiscal year2010 budget, shaving off millions because local aid from the statewas slashed.
But, it appears local governments didn't try to save money bydiscontinuing the perk of letting city workers take home municipalvehicles.
Mayor Michael Bissonnette told 22News every local governmentshould be reviewing how many municipal workers take home cityvehicles from time to time.
He told us that all the employees that bring these cars home arebecause they’re on-call for emergency purposes.
Mayor Michael Bissonnette said, "We have a policy where we havefour departments that are on-call with a beeper system and they arewater, sewer, parks and DPW. And they have a rotating schedule thatgoes along with the beeper."
The fire and police chiefs are among the twenty or so cityvehicles going home every night.
Mayor Michael Sullivan told 22News about fifteen city employeescan park their work cars at home.
The largest western Massachusetts city, Springfield, has morethan one-hundred vehicles that workers can take home.
Here’s the breakdown:
Assessors Department - 3
DPW - 22
Fire Department - 22
Housing Department - 8
Building Department - 14
Health & Human Services - 2
TJO Animal Control - 3
Police - 13
Parks & Recreation - 23
Facilities Division - 7
Next up, we are going to try and figure out how much money thecities spend on these vehicles.