County closing Frisco motor vehicle office, laying off more workers
Drivers looking to renew a registration or get new plates will no longer go to the County Commons in Frisco to do so, the county announced Monday. As part of its ongoing efforts to cut costs, the motor vehicle office will relocate to the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge, according to a press release from the county. In addition, the county’s fleet-maintenance services is being contracted out to a private company called First Vehicle Services. According to the press release, First Vehicle will conduct a review of existing county employees for opportunities to work as employees of First Vehicle, but they will no longer be employees of the county.
According to assistant county manager Scott Vargo, the changes require the layoff of the three fleet maintenance managers. The remaining 11 mechanics, he said, are expected to be rehired by First Vehicle pending background checks and a drug screening. They’ll be rehired at essentially the same rate as they’re being paid now, Vargo said.
First Vehicle, Vargo said, is a large, national player with some 1,250 operations it oversees – including the City of Thornton and others in Colorado.
The changes are meant to improve operations and reduce expenses, the press release said. They come in addition to another $635,000 in operational cuts and $1.35 million in personnel reductions initiated last October. These new cuts, the county said, will result in additional annual savings of over $700,000 within a year of implementation.
For the motor vehicle office, the county said the closure impacts will be mitigated by the introduction of on-line vehicle registration renewal services and an anticipated increase in the popularity of mail-in vehicle registration renewals. This consolidation, the press release said, will allow increased staff flexibility within the Clerk and Recorder’s Office improving overall service with less staff.
Vargo said the change will result in one layoff among the motor vehicle staff.
The cuts by the county are prompted by an overall 20 percent decline in sales tax and other revenue from 2008, as well as an anticipated 20 percent decline in property tax revenue in 2012.
“This is it for now,” Vargo said. “There are no plans for any other major changes or layoffs – assuming there’s not a major economic catastrophe. We believe we’re in a position now where we can operate efficiently and weather the storm going forward.”
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