MONEY MATTERS: Mileage debated by commissioners

COLUMBIA CITY — Getting the most bang for the county’s buck is one of the many duties for Whitley County’s Commissioners.When an expense category seems to be out of line, Commissioners look to see if changes need to be implemented to curb the growing cost.This was the case at Monday’s meeting, when a discussion regarding county maintenance vehicles was heard.Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf reminded county officials that maintenance staff are currently using their own vehicles to make trips to and from county buildings for work. In addition to physically transporting the maintenance worker, tools, supplies and other items are carted in their personal vehicles as well.“It’s not a lot of mileage at one time, but it adds up,” said Schrumpf. “We pay mileage, but we also have to consider that there’s a lot of wear and tear on the vehicle, too.”Schrumpf proposed that commissioners consider purchasing a vehicle for the department or find one already in the possession of the county that could be used for maintenance.However, county leaders agreed it would be prudent to weigh the cost of a new vehicle against the amount of mileage being paid to the employees.When mileage was brought up, it was Commissioner Don Amber that wanted to take a closer look at the mileage policy.“I’ve never seen mileage paid when an employee is going from home to work and then from work to home,” Amber said. “If this has happened in the past, it shouldn’t have. It was an oversight. Is this not addressed in our policy? If not, we need to clarify the policy. Mileage should be paid for business purposes only.”To read the rest of this story, see the November 20 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.