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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. * * *

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.

ILB: And where is all this money coming from? The owners of the towed vehicles.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 29, 2013 07:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Government