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Kansas State University Recommends Sale of 89 Fleet Vehicles

January 5, 2004

Kansas State university officials are poised to sell 89 vehicles, including 44 at Kansas University, as part of an effort to reduce the state's fleet of cars, said an article in the Topeka Journal-World on December 18. But the president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents questioned whether the number of cars — which represents 10.2 percent of vehicles designated as "under-utilized," or driven less than 12,000 miles per year — would be sufficient to address concerns addressed by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius last month ordered 739 vehicles in the state's motor pool to be sold. That represented about 22 percent of vehicles driven less than 12,000 miles per year, or 8.5 percent of the state's total fleet. Concerns about the number of state-owned cars surfaced this summer when the Journal-World reported that the number of state-owned vehicles had ballooned to 8,661, including 130 new vehicles that were sitting unused in a Topeka lot. Sebelius ordered an examination of the issue, which led to the reduction in state fleet size announced in November. Universities weren't part of that initial review, but Board of Regents staff asked universities to perform an audit of their fleets. Leaders were especially told to examine cars driven fewer than 12,000 miles per year. The proposals to cut vehicles ranged from 5.7 percent of the "under-utilized" fleet at Kansas State University to 21.1 percent at Pittsburg State University. KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said KU's 387 lesser-used vehicles — including 333 at the Lawrence campus and 54 at the Medical Center — include 56 trailers that must have state license plates. He said they also included police patrol vehicles, training vehicles at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson and vehicles that are designed for scientific use, such as those at the Kansas Geological Survey. KU currently has 376 vehicles on its Lawrence campus and 70 at the Medical Center.
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