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by Lou Bradizza    Fri, Oct 28, 2005, 12:00 AM

Mitchell Rasansky
Dallas Councilmember Mitchell Rasansky criticized Serco Management Services, Inc. as unfit to provide fleet maintenance services for the City of Dallas’ vehicles. Serco is a UK-based corporation with operations in the US and Canada. Rasansky’s criticisms came during a Dallas City Council meeting on Wednesday, during which Serco’s fleet maintenance contract was up for renewal. The proposed contract spans 57 months and is worth in excess of $16 million. Rasansky cited costs for maintenance that he claimed were 20% in excess of those charged by a local Chevrolet dealership. And he noted that a Dallas Serco manager had been fired for poor job performance. Rasansky also expressed concerns that Serco might charge the city for services not actually rendered on vehicles. Rasansky referred to reports of problems with Serco’s work for Washington, D.C. He claimed that Dallas could save money by performing fleet maintenance work itself. Other council members appeared satisfied that Serco is an appropriate choice. Councilmember Leo Chaney received assurances of minority involvement in the contract. City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve the contract, with Rasansky as the sole dissenting vote.

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