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Mayor Reacts to Recommendation in Police Take-Home Car Case

Tuesday May 19, 2009

Mayor Jerry Abramson released the following statement regarding today’s recommendation by an administrative hearing officer in the police take-home case:

“I am disappointed by the finding, which essentially says take-home cars are a right, not a privilege, for police officers regardless of the cost to taxpayers and the economic challenges the city faces.

“I believe that modest fees are a small price to pay for 24/7 use of a vehicle, free gasoline, free maintenance and free insurance that officers enjoy for personal use and secondary jobs.

“It is extremely disappointing that the police union has been unwilling to help with the on-going budget challenges we face, while other city employees have given up pay increases and accepted furlough days to help in this difficult economic time.

“The next step will be for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary to determine whether to accept or reject this recommendation. If the recommendation is accepted, it will add to our budget-balancing challenge.

“The estimated impact is $500,000 in the current budget year and $1.4 million in the next budget year. I will be working with my team to determine how to meet this additional challenge.

“Once the Labor Secretary has acted, we will work with the County Attorney to determine next steps.”