FOP asks to be paid back for take home car fees

Published: Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:54 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Metro's police union has fired the latest shot in the ongoing battle over take home cars for officers. The union had the city back in court Wednesday, asking to be paid back for money they were charged for taking the cars home.

"Our funds are being hijacked by the city," said FOP president Dave Mutchler.

Last summer, the Kentucky Labor Department ruled in favor of the police union, saying the Metro could not charge officers to take home cars. Since then, it hasn't, but now officers want the money back they already paid.

"I've got a news flash: the labor board said they were wrong and they were improper and yet not one of my members has a check in their hand yet," Mutchler said.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said there's a very good reason for that: the fight is not over.

"The standard approach to things like this is you wait till the appeal is completed," said Abramson. "So we're just going by the standard operating approach in terms of these types of situations."

The mayor said the money is not going anywhere.

"It's not like we're spending the money right now on salt and we won't have it available. The money has been set aside and if in fact we lose on the appeal then the appropriate action will be taken," said Abramson.

Mutchler said the money, between $500 to $1,000 each, is a lot of money to the officers and they want it now.

"It's pretty easy to see what the city's goal here is. I'll make a prediction. It is to drag this out as long as they can in court and hold our money and make interest on it as long as they can," said Mutchler.

The FOP and Metro government made their arguments before Circuit Judge Mitch Perry Wednesday.  Perry has not yet ruled on the union's request.

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