Ask Joe: Can government official buy a car for $1?

Frank Wright wrote in asking if it's true the Incline Village General Improvement District is selling a car to the general manager for one dollar? Frank is concerned because he says the automobile was bought with taxpayer money.

Well, I checked into this and found out yes, there could be a deal in the works.

The current general manager Bill Horn is retiring at the end of the year after more than a decade in charge of the IVGID. Horn and the board of directors are working on a separation package that would allow him to leave at the end of September. As part of that deal Horn has asked to be able to keep his "company" car, a 2008 Chevy Tahoe. The car Horn's been driving has 150,000 miles on it. He has offered to buy the car for $1.00.

Horn is seeking to be paid his full salary and vacation time through the end of the year which was $125,000 a year when he signed his original contract.

The board of directors met Wednesday September 11th to consider the deal and whether it makes financial sense for the organization. News 4 has learned the board has decided to check with its lawyer to find out if such a transaction is legal. The board will make a decision after consulting with legal counsel.