MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is driving around in a brand new Cadillac, and that has some city council members fuming.
The city is leasing Wharton's new 2013 Cadillac GTS for $1,200 a month.
Council members questioned if the mayor needed a new car; his old car was just three years old.
"I think it's not a huge amount of money but I think it sends a message from the top that we are really not serious about frugality and being good stewards of the taxpayer dollars," noted Memphis city councilman Kemp Conrad.
A spokesperson for the mayor says the new caddy was needed due to the amount of miles Wharton puts on the car every year.
He says, since taking office, Wharton has tightened up the take home car policy for administrators.