Mobile Cuts Back on Take-Home Use of 77 City Cars

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Budget problems for Mobile mean dozens of city employees can no longer drive their government-owned cars home from work.

WKRG-TV reports Mobile officials have ordered that 77 city cars stay parked at their government offices overnight to save money on gas and wear-and-tear from employees driving them home.

Most of the cars belong to public services, urban development and the revenue department. Three are assigned to the mayor's office.

Still, city officials can't say how much money the move will save. And it accounts for just 13 percent of Mobile's take-home vehicles.

The rest -- some 451 cars -- are mostly used by police officers and fire officials.

The cutbacks come as Mobile officials are grappling with a multimillion dollar budget shortfall.

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