INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 8, 2015) – City-County Council members voted 23-6 to sue the city over a deal to rent electric vehicles. The lawsuit will challenge the legal validity of the contract with Vision Fleet.
The vote comes after weeks of controversy involving the contract, with a value estimated between $25 and $32 million. A CBS4 investigation uncovered multiple versions of the contract. The council’s own attorney claims the city bypassed ordinances, policies and violated state statutes when the deal was signed.
Last week an audit showed that funds may have been illegally diverted out of a storm water fund to pay for the electric vehicles. A spokesperson for Mayor Greg Ballard admitted the process should have been reviewed by the council but it was not.
Vision Fleet’s CEO, Michael Brylawski, wrote an open letter to Marion County residents and provided a copy to CBS4. In the letter, Brylawski explains why he believes a lawsuit is not the answer.
“A handful of elected officials have suggested that the only way to resolve these concerns is in court. We respectfully disagree,” said Brylawski.