County Could Save Thousands Of Dollars

It could mean thousands of dollars in savings for the county, but now county employees may have to drive their own car to work.

The Pike County Judge Executive says some parked cars could save a lot of money for the county.

Pike County owned cars and trucks are now spending more time parked than on the road.

"This was a decision to spend taxpayer's money prudently," Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said.

New Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and the Fiscal Court added up the vehicle costs and decided county employees should cut back their driving time in the county cars.

Now 29 cars that employees used to drive home every night stay in the parking lot, and employees drive their own cars back and forth.

"It's a safeguard that official vehicles are used for official business only," T.J. Litafik said.

The vehicles aren't parked for good. If a county employee needs one for county business, then they can check one out and drive it.

"If you're running a business and I think government is a business, so you try to run the business a cost saving as you can," Judge Rutherford said.

With these cars and trucks staying parked, they're not using gas, and that's less money the county spends on fuel.

Officials say it will save at least 100-thousand dollars a year, maybe even 200-thousand.

Emergency workers and others with on-call jobs get to keep their cars, but employees left without a car aren't complaining.

"It's not necessary for the performance of my job that I have a county vehicle assigned to me," Litafik said.

So now vehicles are for whoever needs them, and when they're not needed, they're parked.

Officials say they also took seven un-used county trucks off the county's insurance policy to save even more money.


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