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Baltimore School System to Auction Under-Utilized Fleet Vehicles to Raise Cash

April 19, 2004

The Baltimore city school system has identified up to 84 vehicles in the school system's fleet thatcan be eliminated because of lack of use, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Some of the vehicles have not been used — or filled with gas — for two years, school officials said in the newspaper article. As part of an effort to help the deficit-riddled city school system cut costs, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has launched an initiative on April 13, 2004 to significantly reduce its fleet of vehicles. Up to 84 cars and trucks from the school system's fleet will be auctioned. The first auction, scheduled April 23, would sell off 49 cars. "We are identifying and pulling out waste in our school system the same way we did in our city government," O'Malley said. "We are saying goodbye to these old vehicles for good and we are saying goodbye to at least this amount of waste." O'Malley said the school system has not kept close track of its assets. He said Baltimore's fleet management officials, who cut the city fleet from 6,500 to 5,500 vehicles in more than four years, are working to find other waste in the fleet. The mayor said that the school system might merge the management of its fleet with the city's fleet maintenance division. Doing so could save the school system approximately $300,000 annually, said Charles Krysiak, chief of city fleet management.
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