Councilwoman wants to limit use of take home cars for parish employees

POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:53pm

Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle believes she's got the answer to save the East Baton Rouge Parish government some money by changing a city ordinance that allows city-parish employees to take their cars home, even if they live outside of the Parish.

"People are tending to move out of the parish and that's their business if they want to move out of EBR parish, however, it's our business of where our tax dollars are going in terms of fuel and maintenance to the vehicles," Marcelle explained.

Several officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department take home cars every day. Marcelle said she would like to see more of those same officers and cars staying in the city where they work.

"For me, if we're going to fight crime we need to see more of a police presence parked at homes or at apartments or something in the parish, and to me I think that's another tool in terms of fighting crime," Marcelle added.

The city ordinance, as it's written now states that those with take-home cars can drive them up to 24 miles away, that includes several parts of nearby parishes. NBC33 reached out to the police department for comment but were told it was too early to start discussing the issue. Marcelle said now is the time to change the rules and start saving the city some money.

“These are our taxpayer dollars and I just have an issue with them driving out of the parish with our vehicles," Marcelle said.

Wednesday the issue will be introduced to the council. Public comment and discussion will open up at the April 10th council meeting.

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