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can u trash pile

some 1990-1993 Ford Tempo's

a whopping 4 cyl's of struggling power, pathetic acceleration all within a faded, non-glossy, silver exterior.

i tried to kill one of the cars, but public works fixed it..

however, the three crap cars are shared between 20 people.
 

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We have several early 90's vintage Ford Escorts, a couple of Crown Vic's, a Bronco, and an Explorer.
 

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1985 Volvo 244 GL

We roll our own. 32 freakin cents a mile. ($1000.00CDN per Kilometer)
 

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Our department has a decommission squad, we rarely take it home as a 'company car' since so many of us live outside of the community.
 

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We use our own. We get a car allowance of $250 a month which is supposed to cover anything under fifty miles. If a trip is over fifty miles, we get reimbursed for the extra miles at the going federal government rate.
 

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The City has an assortment of early 90s chevy cavaliers for use by planners. I always use my own car because a) the cavs are really really bad, and b) the city requires that you get a "City Operators Permit" before they let you use the pool cars.
 
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every single dep't except planning gets new jeeps. we get retired police cruisers - right now we've got a late 80's crown vic. grrrr.
 

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KMateja said:
right now we've got a late 80's crown vic. grrrr.

That's okay Kel - we''ll get you a white wig and pair of those big dark wraparound sunglasses, and you'll look right at home in the CV!
 
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thanks tran - all the inspectors laugh their asses off at me already - i have the seat pulled ALL the way forward and it can still be challenging to see over the hood. dammit.
 

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Late model Chevy Blazer 4x4.

I get to take it home because I'm on call 24 hours a day...
 
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Mike DeVuono said:
Well do you at least have lights and WOO WOO's ??

sadly, no. and for some reason, there are some idiots out there that tag me as a cop and hurredly drop their cell phone or buckle their seat belt when i pull up next to.
 

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Re: 1985 Volvo 244 GL

El Guapo said:
We roll our own. 32 freakin cents a mile. ($1000.00CDN per Kilometer)

We have a CPA on the City Council we always get the IRS rate.. this year $.365
 

el Guapo

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Set the way back machine for 1958

The boss is less than progressive in renumeration subject areas.
 

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KMateja

I personally would LOVE to drive around in a old police car. Unless they've been modified back to their orginal spec, those are some pretty powerful cars...
 

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statler said:
KMateja

I personally would LOVE to drive around in a old police car. Unless they've been modified back to their orginal spec, those are some pretty powerful cars...

Yeah, but embarrassing as hell when you smoke the tires at the drive through.
 

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Nothing. I use the Passat. I don't even get reimbursed for mileage; I have to deduct it from my federal income tax.

Old police cruisers get swapped out every two or three years. The town doesn't keep 'em .... they're traded to other police departments in exchange for services, such as pistol range time.

I won't get a city car until the cops confisgate one that's nice enough to keep. Most drug traffickers use rental vehicles, which can't be seized. The stuff cops seize here are usually old vans from the early 1970s, pimped out late 1970s Chevrolet Impalas, and other such vehicles that aren't appropriate for day-to-day municipal use.

Planning agency cars are like offices. Your agency has the worst ones around, while those in other agencies throughout the same metro area get blessed with new luxury vehicles. The grass is always, without question, greener on the other side.
 

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Up here they have you use your own car and then they reimburse you at $0.35/k (or something like that... I just think "little dollar/little mile"). This works out pretty well, because I have a pickup truck that allows me to get up and around in the winter better than most pool cars.

However, I must say that when I was in the City of Vancouver WA, the Development Review department had those ex-police vehicle Crown Victorias. There was one that still had its extendo-spotlight-dealie on the driver side (you know... those lights on the moveable arm). But anyway, it was fun on field visits... you'd turn the corner in one of those puppies and people would drop what they're doing and scatter. It was amusing to watch people that were speeding suddenly slow down. I loved going on site visits in those cars, just made my day :).
 

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Dan said:
The stuff cops seize here are usually old vans from the early 1970s, pimped out late 1970s Chevrolet Impalas, and other such vehicles that aren't appropriate for day-to-day municipal use.

Dan, I think it would be great to drive around in a pimped out 1970s van with one of those cheesy air-brushed paintings on the side, of whales or something corny, with fringe and velvet.. bring on the afro wig too!

How much fun could you have pulling up to ticket someone for violating the sign ordinance with an afro wig with George Clinton pumping out of a crazy van?

It could be the Pimpin' Plannin' Van!
 

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Updating this ancient thread, to see if the practice of cars or vehicle reimbursement as a benefit has gotten even less common.

At my last job, the PD got a vehicle reimbursement of a few hundred dollars a month. When he left, and I moved into his position, I was told "nope, no car reimbursement for you." My salary also didn't change! Basically, I got the title, and that's it. :finger:🦛

Where I work now, we have a hybrid Ford Fusion as a department car. The building inspectors have MItsubishi Outlander PHEV SUVs. Municipal policy is to have an all-electric or plug-in hybrid municipal fleet ASAP, so we may be getting a new department car in a year or two.
 

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When I first started as a code enforcement guy, I got one. I found out later that it was a taxable benefit and had to pay taxes on it. Plus, it marks you and a government employee. You literally could only drive it from home to work and back again. If you stopped on the way home, it got reported back to your boss. Needless to say, I stopped using it and drove own car back and forth to work.

I was offered a vehicle as part of a perk of being a planning director at another job (not my current job). I refused it. It's not worth the hassle.
 
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I've worked where the department head would take a city car or get an extra ($250?) per paycheck. Never saw a boss take the city vehicle option. Pool cars we now have are fairly new and I don't feel embarrassed as I am not driving around a 15 year old Taurus with 185,000 miles, no AC, and which has not been washed or vacuumed since Myspace was still a thing.
 

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Regional agency, no agency cars. We get mileage for required work trips, at whatever is the going fed rate.

At the largest city I worked for, the department car (1 car for about 25 people) was a Buick that could fit a family of 6 comfortably. Old, faded, A/C pitiful, but it did run reliably. We had to have it in for Fleet preventative maintenance once a quarter - required of all city vehicles.

Another city was trucks - that was fun. There weren't enough to go around for all the required site visits, so we would swap - I'll do your site visit near my site visit if you'll do this other one on the other side of town. Worked out pretty well.

Another city had a Bronco. No one wanted to drive it - former fleet vehicle, it just was not fun to drive and had a mysterious vibrating noise when the A/C was on. And this was TX, so the A/C's on a lot.
 

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When I first started as a code enforcement guy, I got one. I found out later that it was a taxable benefit and had to pay taxes on it. Plus, it marks you and a government employee. You literally could only drive it from home to work and back again. If you stopped on the way home, it got reported back to your boss.
My first professional job after grad school was with a state agency, which involved using agency vehicles for field work. I have two storied about that:

1. Surveying a project in a part of north Georgia that has several wineries, I ended up leaving my vehicle parked in front of one of the wineries' retail outlet for most of an afternoon. I was very disappointed that no one reported it to my agency.

2. The closest I ever came to punching out a co-worker, and one of two times I've ever been tackled inside an office building - the director of another department walked into the office one morning and falsely claimed to my director that I had passed him on the interstate during his commute while driving 90 mph in an agency vehicle. My director called me in without telling me this and just asked if I'd had a car overnight that I'd returned that morning (I hadn't)...he then told me why he'd asked. I turned around without saying anything and walked out of his office - he managed to clear his desk and tackle me in the hallway by the time I was halfway to the other director's office. After he helped me back up, he told me to go back to my desk and let him handle it, as he didn't want the deal with the paperwork that would come from me beating the ever-living hell out the other director. :ha:
 
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What's funny is that I didn't realize this was an old thread when I started reading the replies. So when I read "80s/ 90s Crown Vic", I was a little surprised that so many other places had the same vehicles that I had in my last municipality -- I was given a mid-90s Crown Vic that sometimes ran. The seat was also broken in it so it wasn't unusual for it to slide around at stop lights. Lots of fun.

Not planning to leave, I actually got a basic Tesla approved in my budget for my department of 2 to drive... then I found a new job. I don't know if my successor ever bought the Tesla. On the one hand, I want him to not be still driving that old Crown Vic. On the other hand, I wish I had ordered it quickly so I could have driven it first!
 

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At my last job, the PD got a vehicle reimbursement of a few hundred dollars a month. When he left, and I moved into his position, I was told "nope, no car reimbursement for you." My salary also didn't change! Basically, I got the title, and that's it. :finger:🦛

That happened to me, too.
 

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Mileage here, just like the plebes who work for me. DPW, Cops, and Fire have vehicles and that's it.
 

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Department vehicle used by 2 of us (used to be 3).

2013 Explorer & we are set in the CIP to get a new vehicle in 2032.

No it doesn't go home with either of us & that's okay too.
 

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Up until the fall, the community I live in had vehicles for all department heads as well as a few of the electeds. It has been a point of contention since a comprehensive budget audit was done back in '18 or '19 among many of the citizens and budget hawks who agreed with the auditors that the cars and car allowances (and some folks were somehow getting both!) should be dropped immediately but the long-serving R Top Elected refused to budge saying that it was a needed perk in order to recruit top officials. Keep in mind that the vehicles were all new pretty nice Buicks and Jeep Grand Cherokees that were getting replaced every couple of years and this was during a time when regular staff were seeing pay freezes/cuts and raises that were well below standard COLA if they got any raise at all (it's probably also worth noting that the Top Elected also used to own a bunch of car dealerships in the area that his son now runs...).

Anyway.... during the campaign for the 2020 election the D candidate vowed to get rid of all vehicles (except for the police and fire chiefs) and offer only the car allowance and mileage for department heads but about 8 weeks before the election the Clerk hit and killed a pedestrian in a city-owned vehicle at like 3:00 a.m. so the board (who had previously supported the decision to keep the vehicles) introduced and passed a resolution to get rid of the vehicles over the course of the next few weeks. The Top Elected voted with the board (though his vote didn't make a difference since the board passed the resolution unanimously) and then started campaigning on the fact that he was instrumental in saving us $$$,$$$ blah blah blah. Thankfully he still ended up getting voted out in November as did many of the long serving Rs on the board and in other offices.
 
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