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City spent nearly $100 million on city vehicles in 5 years

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(WMC-TV) - Staggering numbers are prompting the City of Memphis to review its business model to cut the fat from its budget.

The City of Memphis is reviewing its fleet management operation, after a financial study discovered the city spent nearly $100 million dollars over five years on city vehicles.

"It just makes you wonder where is the taxpayer dollar going? It's obviously not being spent on the roadways," said Memphis resident Wilfredo Medina.

The cost to fix vehicles in the city's own repair shops cost $49.6 million between 2008 and 2012. Fuel charges cost 42.6 million over the same time period. That is a five-year total of $92.2 million.

The city has to make cuts to comply with a warning by the state comptroller.

"If we don't make wise choices here in Memphis, people make less wise choices for us in Nashville," said Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little. "I think Memphis is the best place to make decisions about Memphis' future."

The plan is to cut the number of city vehicles, including no more take-home vehicles.

Another new concept: a car share.

An employee in need of a vehicle would call a central service to find the nearest vehicle parked throughout the city.

And instead of 16 repair shops, the city would have one central repair facility and three smaller, satellite locations.

The city also wants to cut fuel consumption by 10 percent across all divisions through strict idling requirements, increased bike and foot patrols, more telephone interviews, and phasing out eight-cylinder vehicles.

The five-year savings could total $11.6 million.

As with all proposals, the Memphis City Council would have to vote on it.

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