Police Union Plans to Sue

By Al Pefley  email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

The union that represents West Palm Beach Police officers says it's planning to take the city to federal court.


They say the city is requiring officers who have take-home squad cars to pay federal income taxes on the use of the car, because the city considers the take-home car a benefit and lists it as income on the W-2 form the officer gets at the end of the year.

The police union objects, saying the officers need to take the cars home so they can be available if they're called out at night for an emergency. So the cars should not be treated as a benefit.

"We can't understand it! We really can't. We're baffled. We've talked to the mayor, city administrator Ed Mitchell and no one wants to listen to us. So now we're gonna have to go to court. It's just crazy! It's ludicrous!" said John Kazanjian, president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.

Kazanjian says about 200 West Palm Beach Police officers are affected.   And each officer has to pay an additional  $1000 to $7000 in federal income taxes as a result.  He says the affected officers take the cars home only on the days they are working, not on their days off.

The city finance director and the mayor's office have not responded to our calls seeking comment.