Labor Cabinet Officer Opposes Car Fees

by Gabe Bullard on May 19, 2009

A Kentucky Labor Cabinet hearing officer says Louisville Metro Government should stop collecting fees from police officers who use their cars off duty.

Mayor Jerry Abramson created the fees last year and increased them this year to help overcome budget shortfalls.

The Labor Cabinet officer says the fees violate the police union’s contract and any changes to compensation must be made through negotiations. The ruling will go to the state Labor Secretary for a final decision.

Revoking the fees would  cost the city $500,000 this fiscal year and $1.4 million next year.

In a statement, Abramson said he’s disappointed in the decision since officers do not have to pay for gas, maintenance or insurance on their cars. He says he plans to work with the County Attorney to determine what to do next.

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