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Mayor Accused of Abusing City Vehicle Use

September 28, 2009

NOGALES, AZ - In 16 months, Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel has reportedly racked up more than 50,000 miles on the new SUV purchased for him and the council, according to Nogales International.

In May 2008, Garcia-Von Borstel and the Nogales City Council voted to purchase the new black Chevy Tahoe to replace a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria driven a total of only 58,000 miles in nearly 10 years, Nogales reported. The Crown Victoria had been used by four former mayors.

Garcia-Von Borstel has had exclusive use of the SUV since its purchase, with council members expressing no desire to use it, said the International. With expenses associated to the SUV continuing to add up, Councilwoman Esther Melendez Lopez requested the issue be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting on Oct. 7.

The mayor reportedly stopped logging his mileage accurately on the SUV after the first two months, according to the International.


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