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Mayor Annexes Squad Car in Budget Battle

July 31, 1992

RUSHVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ When the city council refused to give him a car and raise his mileage reimbursement, the mayor copped a cop car.

The move this week angered some members of the Rushville Common Council, but Mayor John McCane denied doing anything illegal.

″Technically, there’s nothing there to stop me,″ McCane said Friday. ″If I wanted to drive the ladder truck, I could.″

McCane, 27, took office in January and soon asked for a $5,000 raise to bring his $20,701 salary closer to the average for mayors of comparable cities in the state, about $29,000.

When the council vetoed more than half the raise and refused to boost his mileage allowance beyond 20 cents per mile, McCane took action.

Assistant Police Chief Larry Copley said the mayor called him Wednesday and told him to bring around one of the city’s eight police cars.

McCane, who figures he puts 400 to 500 miles a month on his own car doing city business, said he took the squad car to draw attention to his battle with the council members.

″I have no opinion on whether it’s right or wrong,″ Copley said. ″I am not a politician; I’m a police officer.″

But the politicians have had plenty to say - even fellow Republicans.

″At this point, I would say that his conduct is juvenile,″ said Councilman Bill Todd, one of two Republicans on the five-member council.

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