March 12th, 2009 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Metro Auditor Unimpressed with Fleet Management

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Metro Auditor Suzanne Flynn released today a review (PDF) at how efficiently the regional government uses its 94-vehicle fleet (we thought everybody at Metro took public transit?).

The results were pretty routine: the agency could do a better job.

But here's one noteworthy section about the Oregon Zoo, which uses more vehicles than any other part of Metro:
The Zoo did not track mileage, fuel, maintenance or repair. Maintenance and fueling were performed on site. Therefore, we were unable to calculate any cost or performance measures. The manager responsible for the fleet stated that management was in the process of consolidation. In the future, the Zoo plans to track mileage and repairs through a work order system. Employee training on the use of the Zoo fleet is also planned.

Why noteworthy? Only because last November, voters approved a $125 million bond measure (PDF) to improve elephant habitat, fix antiquated plumbing and make other improvements. WW panned the measure but voters approved it.

In order to sell the bond measure, the zoo board promised to watch its pennies wisely. Here's an excerpt from its Voters' Pamphlet statement:
Tough Accountability Provisions Guaranteed
In these economic times, it's important for taxpayers and citizens
to know their money is spent wisely and as promised.

In their response to Flynn's audit, Metro brass —including zoo director Tony Vecchio— promised to do better.
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