I wish I could say that city governments never have any issues like this, but the complete opposite is true. City governments are notorious for wasteful excessive spending, and then having to deal with it later. This is one of the things I studied in college, and the examples are endless.
FYI... it isn't the City of Miami this happened to, it's Miami-Dade County.
There is a political movement underway that seeks to have a smaller federal government in exchange for more regional and state level control. This article highlights the fact that even regional level governments are just as prone to wasteful spending and most likely some underlying corruption.
Heck you can go to any big city in the world and find an independent cafe that has some hipster with 20/20 vision who wears glasses, stealing tip money so he can keep up with his PBR addiction.
It's just how people are. Welcome to planet Earth.
2007 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
The real kick in the head is that those Prius (plural) likely all have dead battery packs from never getting a charge for 5-6 years. That's an expensive mistake to further compound this wasteful neglect.
Oh Florida...you voted a known criminal in as governor, you provide TCL with countless "point and laugh" situations, and tomorrow you'll surprise us yet again. Winning.
No wonder cities say they are going in debt and need to cut stuff. Lets go spend money on stuff, that we never use, make the taxpayers believe we need it and then just pretend we are using. Way to go, wonder why people are getting tired of the state and government saying stuff and spending.
Not sure if serious?
If you were to buy ONE car with your own money and then not even care that you haven't used or seen that car since 2006, that was probably not an expenditure that you needed to make.
Spending money on something that you don't need and won't even use is wasteful.
I agree it's probably just as likely, if not more likely for mid-size governments to make these kinds of mistakes. As in, large enough that no single person knows what's going on, but too small to be able to afford high end oversight like an even larger entity. Still - like I said, at least you can always move to a different city/county/state if you need to and none of those smaller municipalities can get in the same size debt hole as a nation's government, nor do state governments get in the business of printing money*.
*Except California, which calls them IOU's and pretends that makes it ok.
The only thing you could say conclusively is that there is incompetence involved. Someone lost track of these cars. But you can't say there were corruption involved as you alluded to in your original post. For all we know, they really needed these cars and ordered them through normal procurement process.
At the end of the fiscal year (or contract), if you haven't spent all the money you were allotted in the budget, you have to return any leftover funds.
So my guess is there was money allocated for the purchase of county-use vehicles. That money was not spent on vehicles within that year, and at the end of the fiscal year some purchasing / aquisitions schmoe was told to make that money disappear before the department had to give it back.
As to how a county gov't lost track of 300 vehicles, can't help you. I do know that management where I work has trouble keeping up with a few dozen.
Its a simple matter of scale. No one is saying that local/city governments are better or somehow better managed. Look at Chicago; historically the most politically corrupt city in the country. But its still just Chicago. Chicago doesnt set policy and make money decisions affecting the other 310,000,000 in the U.S.