Here is my full proposal. --Mark Harmon
Knox County Commission resolves that the following steps be taken to reduce vehicle costs and to improve vehicle efficiency:
1) Knox County’s purchasing director is empowered and encouraged to “scale down” vehicle requests in terms of the size of the vehicle and the optional features on the vehicle. Directors of all other departments are encouraged to do the same in their vehicle requests.
2) Effective with the upcoming budget significant cuts in take-home vehicles will occur in nearly all areas. We reduce the number of taxpayer-supported take-home vehicles in the mayor's office, administrative offices, and sheriff's department.
*In the mayor’s office take-home vehicles for Mike Arms and Dwight VanDeVate will be eliminated, as will the take-home vehicle for Finance Director John Troyer.
* No take-home vehicles will be funded for Law Director Bill Lockett, Becky Weuthrich of the Law Director’s office, Attorney General Randy Nichols, Public Defender Mark Stephens, or E-911 Administrator Bob Coker.
* An additional 20 take-home vehicles will not be funded, and the mayor is encouraged to develop a list of those 20 for presentation at the time of the budget presentation, guided by the successful actions to reduce fleet by the Information Technology department and the Property Assessor’s office.
* In the Knox County Sheriff’s Office no funding of take-home vehicles will occur for: Martha Dooley and Ashley Carrigan, spokespeople; Lorie Moore, volunteer coordinator; Dorothy Pinkston, health administrator; Allison Rogers, finance director; Mike Ruble, chief counsel; Chief Deputy Tom Spangler, and Assistant Chief Deputy Lee Tramel.
* An additional 20 take-home vehicles will not be funded for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the sheriff is encouraged to develop a list of those 20 for presentation at the time of the budget presentation, making those cuts in administrative and jailer areas.
3) The following procedure will be used for the sale of take-home vehicles no longer needed/supported. Those with take-home vehicles no longer needed/supported will be offered those vehicles for purchase at the NADA Blue Book value, or similar generally accepted written and nationally used measure of vehicle value. If that purchase option is not taken said vehicle will be offered for sale on the same terms to other county employees. Following these steps, any remaining unneeded vehicles will be sold to other governments or to dealers. Knox County will not finance any of these sales. Buyers must arrange financial arrangements for full payment at time of sale.