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But we have to raise taxes in order to pay schoolteachers (part xi)

May 1, 2012

Is the outrageous part of this story that they purchased and then simply forgot about several hundred hybrid cars? Or that this county government ever thought it needed so many cars to begin with?

Have you ever bought a brand new cars only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you’re Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007.

The county “discovered” this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

Caution: that link leads to a google translation of the Spanish-language story. And you know how that generally works out.

One more quick bit:

Looking to save some face, the county has rushed at least 123 of the hybrids into service.

To recap: the county bought three hundred cars that it needed so badly it promptly forgot about them. Then, once reminded, the county “rushed” over a hundred of the cars into service.

How’d they do that, exactly? Are there other county-owned vehicles now sitting unused? Or are county employees who never used a gummint-owned vehicle before suddenly having keys thrust into their hands?


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