Cutting Costs for Carwashes

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Running head: CUTTING COSTS FOR CARWASHES 1 Cutting Costs for Carwashes Rian Thiele Concordia - Saint Paul Tactical Problem Solving CJU-520 Professor David Axt July 28, 2011
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Cutting Costs for Carwashes Running a business or providing a service require a unique set of skills to ensure efficiency. One such characteristic is the need for the proper financial management of various resources such as employees and supplies. Clearly with the strain of the economy on local governments, governmental organizations such as sheriff’s offices must deal with the issue of dwindling budgets and lack of resources. With the fact that money will not likely be coming to increase budgets, departments such as these must be proactive in finding ways to stretch dollars and save money. While high level management can oversee the financial actions of an organization, day to day employees can provide important feedback about smaller actions that can help save large sums of money and serve as a solution to problem of saving money. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office recently implemented an anonymous employee suggestion program that allows employees to give cost saving suggestions for future savings. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to determine the best opportunity to save money on small everyday tasks that may be costing the department budget too much money. These suggestions could be anything from completely restructuring employees to resolving simple problems such as maintenance costs and funding everyday activities necessary to carry out daily tasks. One easily identifiable task that was found to be a candidate to save money was the weekly cleaning and washing of department vehicles. Analyzing the current methods utilized by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office shows that there were a variety of other options that could be used to save money and extend the budget for the organization. When examining this aspect of the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, it is helpful to discuss the specific details regarding the situation. First, Carver County is made up of a large land area and requires patrolling over a great deal of streets. As a result, the patrol cars are cleaned at a
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variety of locations since it is simply more convenient to choose a location that is nearby the route of the patrol than driving to one specific location for a cleaning. The largest police contract, which is also where I work, is in the City of Chanhassen. For the last several years, the unit has washed all of the patrol squad cars at Brown’s Carwash. Brown’s Carwash is an independent business which is directly across the street from Holiday Gas Station. Holiday Gas Station does not have its own carwash. Instead, Holiday contracts with Brown’s carwash in an effort to promote business with each other and raise overall revenues.
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