Audit says Pittsburgh spends too much on rental cars

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The City of Pittsburgh is spending too much on rental cars, Controller Michael Lamb said in an audit released today.

The audit found that the police bureau, Citiparks and Office of Municipal Investigations spent more than $174,000 on Dollar Rent A Car from January 2010 through now. It could have saved money by particip[ating with Allegheny County in a lower-cost joint rental program.

Many of the rentals involved SUVs used for undercover police work or for seasonal work at Citiparks hauling people and equipment.

"This is another missed opportunity by the administration to save money and do what is best by Pittsburgh taxpayers," Mr. Lamb said in a statement.

The county pays less than the city does for similar vehicles, Mr. Lamb said. The county rents its cars from BBL Fleet.Joanna Doven, spokeswoman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, dismissed the audit as grandstanding by a prospective mayoral candidate.Ms. Doven said the audit unfairly compares rental rates paid by the city with longer-term lease rates paid by the county.She said police and Citiparks use the vehicles for short periods that do not lend themselves to leases.She said Mr. Lamb would be better off working with the mayor's office to improve fiscal policy than to criticize the administration. neigh_city - breaking

Joe Smydo: or 412-263-1548.


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