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Indianapolis studies fuel fee for take-home vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS – City officials in Indianapolis are considering whether to start charging a monthly fuel fee to police officers and other city employees with take-home vehicles.

The city’s budget is facing a multi-million dollar shortfall even after Thursday’s announcement by state officials that $205 million in local income taxes had been mishandled, with about $41 million owed to Marion County.

The county sheriff has adopted monthly $75 or $150 fuel surcharges for deputies, but Mayor Greg Ballard has held off a broader fee, in part because officials worry about a legal challenge.

Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter tells The Indianapolis Star ( that a fee could factor in the varying price of gas on a regular basis.

About 2,000 public safety employees and 150 in other city departments have take-home vehicles.