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Taxpayers spend thousands for Pueblo police driving home to El Paso County

Taxpayers spend thousands on officers commuting home

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo taxpayers spend thousands of dollars every year on gas for city employees who drive vehicles to their homes in El Paso County.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 reported on Monday that 47 city vehicles are taken home by city employees. Thirty five of the vehicles driven home are by Pueblo police officers, including three who live in El Paso County.

According to Pueblo Fleet Maintenance Director Sam Ingo, the city has spent $12,663 on Police Chief Luis Velez's commute since he became chief in 2011. A portion of that cost includes his drive into work from Colorado Springs. So far this year, his gas bill is nearly $2,000. The city spends 16 cents a mile on fuel for the 2010 Ford Escape that Velez drives.

Deputy Police Chief Andy McLachlan and Capt. Brett Wilson also commute into Pueblo from El Paso County. McLachlan lives in Fountain. Wilson lives in Colorado Springs. Their gas expenses combined total $3,491.75 so far this year.

The city has spent an average of $976 so far this year for each officer who drives a work vehicle home in Pueblo County.

City vehicles are fueled at a fleet gas station.

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