Utah Gov., other top officials have taxpayer-funded cars

Monday , October 21, 2013 - 1:39 PM

The Associated Press

PROVO -- State records show Utah's top elected officials are taking advantage of a rule that allows them a taxpayer-funded vehicle.

Utah's governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and treasurer have selected fairly basic vehicles under the program.

The Provo Daily Herald reports Gov. Gary Herbert has a 2008 Chevy Tahoe hybrid that cost about $47,000, but the governor usually is driven around by the Utah Highway Patrol.

Utah State Auditor John Dougall is the only eligible official who has turned down a state-funded vehicle.

Dougall has suggested lawmakers add some restrictions to the law, such as limiting the type of cars officials can chose and what they can be used for.

State law allows Utah's top officials to use a vehicle for personal and official purposes as part of their compensation package.

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