Nevada considers privatizing state car pool |

Nevada considers privatizing state car pool

Associated Press

Nevada has requested proposals from private companies to run the state’s car pool program and will consider privatizing the $4.2 million service for traveling state workers.

“We are evaluating them,” said state budget director Perry Comeaux. “We expect to get a proposal we can seriously consider and hope to privatize at least the daily rental operation in Las Vegas.”

The agency rents vehicles to state workers traveling on business in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City.

Gov. Kenny Guinn’s proposed budget fully funds the motor pool, but Comeaux said that could change.

The agency had planned to build a new $2.9 million facility near the Las Vegas airport, but construction has been put on hold.

Sen. Ann O’Connell, R-Las Vegas, has pushed for elimination or privatization of the motor pool, saying that would save money in the state budget.

Most of the program’s $4.2 million yearly budget comes from fees charged to other state agencies that use its services. The agency has 16 workers and a fleet of 787 vehicles.

Assemblywoman Chris Giunchigliani, D-Las Vegas, said she will review another possible alternative during the legislative session.

She said relocating more state employees to Las Vegas permanently could save money by eliminating the need for frequent travel between Northern Nevada and Las Vegas.