How many cars does the state of North Carolina own? If you pegged it near 30,000, your estimate is as good as the state's guess. "The state does not know the number of vehicle it owns," Pamela Taylor told state lawmakers Wednesday.
Taylor's report for the Program Evaluation Oversight Committee revealed the state does not keep adequate track of its vehicles and license plates nor the costs associated with maintaining the fleet.
State agencies and institutions reported owning 28,669 vehicles worth about $183 million but a comparison with a vehicle registration database found 2,346 discrepancies.
At some agencies, as many as 20 people are charged with managing the vehicle fleet. "With different people in charge, we cannot be sure the vehicles are being managed properly," Taylor told the committee.
In the end, the lawmakers voted to get more answers by requiring state agencies to reconcile the errors and find a better tracking system.