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Hamilton officials lose take home vehicles; city saves

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Several Hamilton City workers will soon have to turn in the keys to their take home vehicles, thanks to a directive passed by City Council.
 
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Several Hamilton City workers will soon have to turn in the keys to their take home vehicles, thanks to a directive passed by City Council.
 
"We want to reduce the size of that car fleet, down to more of a common sense figure," said Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller.
 
Moeller says they have 47 cars in that fleet, but now their putting the brakes on 25  -- reducing the fleet by 53 percent.
 
"Even if it saves only a few thousand dollars, and we think it's more than that, it's a very important thing to do, especially in this time in an age where we have some economic issues," Moeller said.
 
Mostly departments heads will be effected, even the City Manager will have to turn in his car, first responders and emergency workers though are an exception. The recouped cars could be sold or just taken out during the day.
 
"Some will be left in a car pool type of situation, where they could be used during the day for city business by certain individuals," Moeller said.
 
Between gas and maintenance their fleet budget comes out to more than $100,000, and this is just is tip of the iceberg to cutting down that figure.
 
"This is a first step in what's going to be probably multiple steps in reducing  one of our large budget issues which is fleet maintenance and the number of vehicles and gas and the like," Moeller said.
 
 
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