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June 14, 2013

Sheriff's deputies shouldn't take vehicles home

The Daily Star

---- — With the cost of living constantly on the rise, with our governments cutting back on services, even furloughs, increases in property taxes, income taxes, utility bills and especially the cost of gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, etc., then why is it that the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department allows all their deputies to take the county police vehicles home so they can travel to and from work?

Allowing the deputies to do this adds to the county cost of fuel, vehicle maintenance and an earlier vehicle replacement that ultimately is all paid by us … the taxpayers.

And now, the county is replacing its entire fleet with expensive Chevy Tahoes, which cost in excess of $50,000 each. The sheriff’s response might be that all their deputies are on a 24-hour — seven-day stand-by in case of an emergency and need the larger vehicles to carry all their equipment.

Ask yourself this question … when was the last time a call-out happened and what equipment do they need to carry? I don’t feel the cost justifies the reasoning. As with any other job. the cost of traveling to and from work falls on the employee, not the employer or the taxpayer.

Michael J. Stavola