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San Francisco-based AutoReturn is in line for a five-year citywide towing-management contract after getting unanimous approval from the Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement.

The board voted Wednesday evening to allow code enforcement Director Rick Powers to sign the agreement, which will be effective July 1. The vote followed a closed-door session, which the board requested after members raised questions about the pending deal.

AutoReturn is a logistics company that will use local towing firms as subcontractors. The towing-management contract will replace the current multiple-territory-based agreements. The deal applies to city-ordered tows, which number about 29,000 per year.

Code enforcement spokesman Adam Baker said he could not reveal details of the contract or disclose the names of losing bidders until after it's signed.

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  • Don't feel sorry for them...
    Don't feel sorry for these local tow guys, many of them are crooks anyway. They are towing your cars for things that they themselves are doing constantly (ie: parking illegally, drinking & driving, etc). This contract with the company out west has been in the works for many years, the local guys had their chance to show the city they could run their businesses in a legitimate manner & they failed. I don't like the idea of an out of state company taking over work that should be handled on a local level but if your local guys can't handle it, they don't deserve it
  • oh boy!
    Just what we need in Indiana, one MORE out of state company doing 'work' that out own local folks could do cheaper (and without the kickbacks to corrupt politicians)
  • Bad News
    Adding a middle man to the towing contract may seem like a good idea but the public and the tow companies will be the ones to suffer while the City collects its guaranteed revenue. The lack of transperancy and ability for the public to way in and for the other bidders to protest this decision is pathetic. Have you seen the tow rates in San Francisco where this firm does business? Take a look it's frightening. I feel bad for the local tow companies who have worked on this contract and who are very capable of doing everything this outside firm has promised. They will suffer a significant loss in revenue and probably have to lay off Drivers and other staff.
    • PuddyFudge
      This is why we don't have any corporate headquarters in Indiana, smh. Our politicians are killing this state.
    • Another Out of State Firm?
      Could we really not find a local firm to handle towing for the city? Last year we awarded a 15 year Lottery management contract to a company in Rhode Island. Guess our city/state leaders don't think Indiana based companies are sophisticated enough to handle their contracts. What other state/city contracts have been awarded to out of state owned companies?

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