Baltimore City Workers Wasting Taxpayer Dollars at the Pump
Updated: Monday, November 19 2012, 09:25 AM EST
A new report shows
Baltimore City workers wasted nearly a million dollars in taxpayer money
by filling up at gas stations that were not city approved.
are 18 government-owned gas stations where city workers are supposed to
fill up their tanks, but a new report shows many workers are choosing
convenience over cost and in turn, wasting taxpayer's dollars.
report from the city’s inspector general shows city workers wasted over
$900 thousand on gas cards over the last six years. It found workers
were pumping gas at private stations, which on average are 89 cents more
than city stations.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she is
grateful for the inspector general’s report. Rawlings-Blake says he is
doing exactly what he was hired to do, to identify wasteful spending.
can't fix it, unless we identify it. And I’m focused on fixing it.
We’ve already implemented many of the reforms that are suggested in the
inspector general's report and my hope is to continue moving forward
with that so we can continue to save money,” said Blake.
The inspector general recommends that gas card program be reevaluated to include more restrictions and more oversight.