Often times, municipalities will use local car repair shops to maintenance their vehicles. Local repair shops may be very expensive, and maintenance for the cars can be difficult to budget for. Also, local shops may not specialize in all of the maintenance necessary for the various vehicles in use in the municipality. By opening up bids for vehicle service contracts to firms that specialize in government vehicle maintenance, a municipality can save thousands of dollars a year. Also, by including work for routine maintenance into the contract, a municipality can have a better idea of how to budget for vehicle maintenance.

Contracting with Specialty Firm for Vehicle Maintenance:

Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.

Step 2: PREPARE. Get  ready for your presentation by downloading our Vehicle Maintenance Presentation kit, which includes a sample OPRA Request,  sample Presentation Statement, and an Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!

Step 3: PRESENT. Make an official presentation to your local governing body.

Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.

Helpful Information:

 Download the Sample Resolution from Montgomery Township