City of Tulsa changing its 'vehicle take home' policy

Tuesday, May 6th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The city of Tulsa is looking at ways to save money. That means putting the brakes on cars some city employees are driving home.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says when the city started cutting the budget - one of the first things questioned was the number of vehicles the city lets employees drive home.

The new policy eliminates take home vehicles for many supervisors - who were not often called out after hours. It's hit the top two supervisors of Public Works. Mike Buchart, Assistant Director of Department of Public Works: "I was being called about once a month, so I no longer have a take home vehicle, Mr. Hardt was being called out about twice a month, so he no longer has a take home vehicle."

The city has hundreds of vehicles for employees to use - and the policy change really won't cut that number. They hope to save money by cutting the number of miles they're driven. Even though everything is under review - the new policy does not affect cars driven by police officers or fire chiefs, because they carry special equipment and are on call all the time. The change affects less than 100 employees in the city - who were taking cars home and now cannot.

Three large departments - the airport - parks - and public works - had 130 cars going home at night - they've pared the list down to 52.

The city's best guess at the savings is about $30,000 a year.