One of our viewers from Virginia City, who did not want his name used, wants to know why so many Storey County employees drive county vehicles both on and off the job and use gas paid by taxpayers ?
I talked to Storey County Manager Pat Whitten about this. He says they encourage employees to take their vehicles home as long as they live in the area.
Whitten says there are between 8 and 10 county vehicles that are driven home by employees and he says the fuel costs are negligible since those employees live in town. They are only allowed to drive back and forth to work.
Whitten says there are three exceptions, and those involve county employees who live out of town but are still allowed to drive county vehicles. Whitten approves those and says the costs are basically a wash because in exchange for the vehicle use, those employees do not charge the county stand-by time on weekends and off-hours. So there is a savings there for Storey County.
What is the fuel cost ? Whitten says they don't track that because they don't think it's significant. He says he's comfortable with the policy and again it's primarily employees who live in town and drive only a short distance to work who drive their county vehicles home.