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Salt Lake County residents should be outraged by the findings of the Independent Review Panel, created by former Mayor Nancy Workman to assess the County’s vehicle policies and practices.

To summarize, the panel found that “the County’s vehicle fleet program is poorly managed, suffers from a systemic lack of meaningful oversight and needs a massive overhaul.” The program, the panel concluded, is over funded by $9 million and many county employees who use taxpayer-owned cars don’t need them. Furthermore, new vehicles are turned over far too frequently - most glaringly, three sedans, each with only 11 miles on them.

Outrageous? Absolutely! It begs the question: where else in county government might similar wasteful practices be occurring? And beyond Salt Lake County, what other government entities in Utah, from the smallest municipality to the agencies of the state, operate similarly in what one panelist described as a “culture of financial complacency.”

At every government level throughout Utah, new administrations are assuming office. It would behoove them, along with the many seasoned incumbents who remain, to evaluate their own domains and make changes where warranted in order to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Based on what’s been revealed in Salt Lake County, KSL is convinced ways can be found to make government, at every level, function more efficiently and responsibly.

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