Published: Aug 31, 2010 11:37 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 31, 2010 7:23 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's city manager hires a consultant to fix a problem CALL FOR ACTION first exposed a year ago. We told you how an internal audit into the cape's vehicle fleet showed some big problems including the fact the city didn't know how many vehicles it owned!

This affects your pocketbook because you pay for these cars - the insurance and the maintenance.

City of Cape Coral is going to pay a consultant roughly 20,000 dollars to take a comprehensive look at how the city operates its vehicle fleet.
    
It breaks down to 39 dollars an hour over three months to look into a problems we first showed you a year ago

In 2009, a Cape Coral city audit showed conflicting numbers about the number of vehicles the city owned.

The Information Technology Systems department showed the city with 831 vehicles.

Public Works showed the city had 595 vehicles and Risk Management showed the city insuring 920 vehicles.

"There was a 300 vehicle swing between the high and the low number," said Councilman Bill Deile when CALL FOR ACTION first spoke with him in June of 2009.

Over three months in 2009, auditors compiled lists and went to each department to verify how many cars each had.

They found some cars moved departments or weren't recorded on the list.

Auditors finally reconciled the lists and found the city owned exactly 845 vehicles.

The audit recommended putting one department in charge of the fleet to avoid the problem in the future.

When we spoke to Councilman Deile about the situation one year later, he told us recommendations to improve management of the fleet haven't happened.

That's until the city manager decided to hire a consultant this month.

The consultant won't just count the fleet. He'll also be evaluating how to better run the fleet and save the city money.
    
Councilman Deile says he will be watching this closely. He thinks the city really needs someone to look into this issue. However, he says he plans to personally speak with and hold the consultant accountable to make sure the money taxpayers are spending is worth it.