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I-Team: City Auditors Find Waste in Henderson, Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Inventory and warehousing might inspire yawns, but there's a lot of wasted taxpayer dollars when it comes to those two areas of government.

The I-Team has learned of waste within the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson and what's being done to fix it.

Traffic signals and equipment keep Las Vegas moving, so it would be easy to think the city would keep these expensive items in top shape.

But city investigators found out Las Vegas keeps their equipment as organized as a teenaged boy cleaning up his room.

Boxes were so disorganized and water stained, investigators couldn't tell how damaged the equipment inside was.

Deputy City Manager Orlando Sanchez said the messy issue has been corrected, including the access points to the gates.

Read the key findings of the audit for traffic engineering

The gates, which are double padlocked with barbed wire, were left open by somebody who forgot to close it.

The city auditor simply pushed the gate to get access to the city storage yard.

The City of Henderson is spared much of the criticism investigators had for other cities, except for one glaring problem: their vehicles.

During the boom years, Henderson bought too many cars.

Their auditor found one car was driven only 239 miles, costing $24 a mile to maintain.

"Those were just underutilized vehicles," Henderson Maintenance Manager Joe Rajchel said. "We needed to take a look at that, what we've done since then is we've reassigned all those vehicles."

Read the key findings of the Henderson audit

Henderson remedied the vehicle overstock and is now ranked as one of the top 100 motor fleets in the country by government investigators.

Back in Las Vegas, city parks were found to keep lights on, despite no one being there.

"Some of these city parks had the lights on during times when there was a dangerous weather warning, winds up to 60 miles an hour," said Geoff Lawrence of the conservative think-tank, the Nevada Policy Research Institute. "Very unlikely that anybody would be in the park at that time."

Read the key findings of the audit of city sports fields

City management waited a year to fix the problem after the audit, continuing to pay for unnecessary park lights because they believed it would affect local sports leagues too much.

But when the lights were regularly turned off a few months ago, Las Vegas has already saved $160,000.

Read the key findings of the building & safety audit

The City of Las Vegas added they've fixed the vast majority of problems found by auditors.

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