07/17/2009

Fla. city spars with cops on taking cars home

By Mark Schlueb
Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — A major budget battle is brewing between Orlando City Hall and the city's cops, with administrators taking aim at a favorite perk: the patrol cars that officers drive home at the end of the day.

Mayor Buddy Dyer's administration has threatened to more than double the fees that officers pay if they take their patrol cars home, or even kill the "take-home vehicle" program altogether. More than 654 cars are now driven home -- some as far as Mims, Cocoa and Merritt Island in Brevard County, and Deltona and DeLand in Volusia, with round trips of nearly 100 miles.

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