Ask Joe: Is abandoned government vehicle a waste of tax dollars?

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Updated: 9/16/2013 6:39 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe File one of our viewers is concerned about what he thinks might be an example of government waste.
Bill Sikkens wrote in with a question about a federal government car that has been parked and appears abandoned near the university.   It's been there a while and his question is isn't abandoning a car a huge waste of taxpayer's money ?
The car is a blue Chevy Blazer with a Department of the Interior sign on the dashboard. It is parked near Comstock and Annelli Lane up at UNR.  Bill says the dashboard is cracked from the sun and the tires are losing air.

Answer:
I did some checking on this and found the car belongs to the U.S. Geological Survey office in Reno.   I called their office and the woman who answered would not give me her name but she did say that car is used  occasionally as a field vehicle but it is an extra vehicle now that the agency has downsized and they are trying to sell it off as surplus. But she says that process tends to move pretty slowly.
  I was also told by someone with the BLM's law enforcement division that the car is being transferred to a tribal group and that it will be moved very soon.   So it may appear to have been abandoned but no one with the federal government is willing to admit that is what happened.   In any case now that we've got some people's attention it sounds like the car will be  moved very soon...!   


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Kramer - 9/17/2013 1:11 AM
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I recall when I was a govt. employee how many times locals would siphon gas, steal tires and winches, radios, etc. The worst was the Farm Service Agency gas siphoning every weekend. let's build more parking garages!

jd111358 - 9/17/2013 12:43 AM
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ill start the bidding... I bid $100

glitzydizz - 9/16/2013 7:14 PM
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There are a few people out in this area that could use such a vehicle, if it were able to be donated to www.freecharitycars.org - where the donating party gets a full retail value tax deduction, as long as the car is able to be donated to a family in need. I'd rather see someone who needs it, than to see a car that is just 'sitting there'.
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