CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Hundreds of thousands of gallons of gas fuel Cape Coral's city vehicles each year. And it's $211,000 that's fueling a dispute between the city and its fuel supplier, Streicher Mobile Fueling.
"To all of us, $211,000 is a lot of money," City Manager Gary King said.
After auditing fuel records from the past 3 fiscal years, King believes the company over-charged them by that amount, and so far, they're not getting answers.
"Quite frankly, for several weeks now, they have been less than cooperative about coming to the table with us to discuss the problem," King said.
Thursday, he sent them a notice, demanding a meeting by July 13th, or the city could take legal action.
"That's residents' money, it's taxpayer money," Mayor John Sullivan said.
According to Sullivan, it's an error that should have been caught a long time ago."It was very negligent on the part of the city, in my opinion. We didn't have the proper controls, there was no accountability," Sullivan said. "We need two objectives now. One is to batten down the hatches, and the other is to get any money back we have coming."
Sullivan wants every department reviewed by an outside auditor, so this doesn't happen again.
"In the long haul, it's going to help the taxpayers because they are not going to have to pay as much money," Sullivan said. "When you find something this like this, it's like money that just fell off the cliff. How much more is out there? I don't know. And that's why I feel we need the audits because i want to find out."
The city is no longer doing business with Streicher Mobile Fueling. In April, they switched to Evans Oil to get better prices. We contacted Streicher to see how they plan to handle the situation. We'll let you know what we hear.