Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis towing contract with Calif.-based company could ease hassles, but some question deal"
That is the headline to Jon Murray's just posted story on the IndyStar site. This caught my eye:
Code Enforcement officials declined to release details such as Auto Return’s proposed pricing structure, though department spokesman Adam Baker said the cost to consumers was a factor in the bid evaluation. The company possibly could send all towed vehicles to a single lot, a contractual point Code Enforcement hasn’t confirmed. * * *ILB: And where is all this money coming from? The owners of the towed vehicles.
For years, the city has awarded separate regular and heavy towing contracts for six zones across the city. Last Chance Wrecker currently has nine of those contracts, plus a contract for towing abandoned vehicles citywide; Hanna’s Wrecker Service has two contracts; and Wheeler’s Towing Services has one contract.
Those deals, which expire June 30, have brought in $1.2 million to $1.4 million a year for the city, Baker said, including a $45 cut for the city from each $90 flat-rate fee paid by owners of vehicles towed from accident scenes. * * *
All that Code Enforcement officials will say about the Auto Return deal is that it guarantees the city at least $1.5 million in revenue each year. The proposed contract wouldn’t affect towing from privately owned parking lots or tows ordered by other police agencies in Marion County.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 29, 2013 07:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Government