This one is a surprise, even to me.
Item 15.2 on the Tuesday, April 19, 2016 city council agenda reads:
Discussion and action on the award of Solicitation No. 2016-513 Lease of Unmarked Police Vehicles to Acme Auto Leasing, LLC., for an initial term estimated award of $7,966,800. The award is to include a two (2) year optional amount of $5,311,200 for a total five (5) year award of $13,278,000.
That works out to more than 2.6 million dollars a year for unmarked vehicles. If you read the backup material you will see that they plan to get:
30 intermediate sedans, 2 door
30 intermediate sedans, 4 door
30 full size sedans, 4 door
30 full size pickups, 2 wheel drive, extended cab
30 full size pickups, 2 wheel drive, crew cab
30 full size pickups, 4 wheel drive, extended cab
30 full size pickups, 4 wheel drive, crew cab
10 passenger vans, mini
10 passenger vans, full size
That comes to 230 vehicles. According to their 2014 annual report the police department had 1,017 officers.
The money to pay for the vehicles appears to be coming from external grants. Other than about half a million dollars a year worth of confiscated funds that could be spent on something else, none of the money appears to be coming from our local pockets. Instead the money seems to be coming from our federal pockets.
I wonder who will pay for the gasoline?
Hopefully they won’t have Connecticut plates.
We deserve better