Account this! Mileage reimbursement rates edition

As Corporate reportedly burns up pricey jet fuel on jaunts to island getaways, mileage reimbursement rates across Gannett are soaring (hah!). Last month, for example, the Tallahassee Democrat boosted its rate a measly two cents — to 28 cents a gallon. That’s only half the rate allowed by the IRS, which earlier this year recognized the burden higher gas prices place on workers.

Now, a reader wonders how Gannett treats this in its financials. “Is there some ‘accounting method’ used whereby they claim the full allowance (58.5 cents), even though they’re only reimbursing half of that? That would be a huge financial fiasco, IMHO, if true.”

I get this question from lots of readers, so I thought I’d post it. That scheme sounds very unlikely. (But if anyone could find a way, it would be our fave financial wizardress/de facto CEO — Gracia Martore!)

Meanwhile, more cheeky questions:

  • What’s your current mileage rate?
  • When was it last increased?
  • How much was the last increase?

Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

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20 Responses to “Account this! Mileage reimbursement rates edition”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Rochester’s current mileage rate is 31 cents, down from a munificent 32 cents last month. The paper went to a sliding scale based on the local price of gasoline a few months back.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    USA Today gives 35 cents, up a few months ago from 33. It was last increased about two or three years before that.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Who cares?
    Asheville has zero gasoline, which equals.
    No travel.
    No Sales.
    No Paychecks for the rest of the paper.

    Maybe we can let some people go to make up the revenue caused by the gasoline shortage in the southeast.

    Sales reps can car pool you know.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Asbury Park mileage is 25 cents. Last increased in 2002.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Lafayette (LA) Advertiser’s mileage is 26 cents a mile, I think it went up from 25 to 26 around May.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Elmira’s rate is 27 cents. It was last increased sometime before 2008. It used to be 26 cents.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    At Brevard the rate is set monthly by the cost of 87 octane on the 1st of the month.
    Currently it’s 31 cents per mile.
    3.01 to 3.25 — .29
    3.26 to 3.50 — .30
    3.51 to 3.75 — .31
    3.76 to 4.00 — .32
    4.01 + — .33

  8. Anonymous Says:

    These sliding rates are slaying me. Like flipping you an extra penny really makes up for a 25-cent increase in a gallon of gas.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    KTHV-TV Little Rock, AR – .40 since early ’07! Looks better than newspaper!! What’s up with that?

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Cincinnati’s is revisited quarterly. It is currently .36c and is set to increase to .37c at the end of the month.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    I’m sorry to say that I’m in the journalism field and don’t know what you mean about no gas in Asheville!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Nashville: $.30 per mile, set Sept 1.

    Down from $.32 in August.

    Liefield has been tinkering with the adjustment period to give us the lowest possible.

    Nashville is at $4.10 per gallon (87 oct) when it can be found.

  13. Jim Hopkins Says:

    I’ve never heard of all this price tinkering until now. Is it labor-intensive to keep making these adjustments — and if so, does that extra labor eat into any savings?

    More than anything, though, this illustrates the desperate measures Corporate is taking to save money.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    There’s an informative thread on Sportsshooter on what some Gannett papers pay for mileage:

    http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=29165

    The message board has other threads for gas mileage reimbursement; just use the search feature.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Corporate saves the money because their rate is .21/mile. That was “raised” about 11 years ago when the rate was .21/mile for the first 100 miles, then .18/mile for the remainder.

    I save money for the company by renting a car instead of driving my own whenever possible.

    OOPS – that costs the company more than the standard rate.

    But why should I “donate” my car to the company?

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Cherry Hill is 30 cents, raised just a few months ago from 25 cents. No idea when the last increase was before that.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Sioux Falls is at $.32, down from a record high of $.33 in June and July.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Indy pays .36 cents a mile and it is reviewed quarterly

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Asheville pays .30 cents a mile, up from .27 cents. I believe the increase took effect in June.

    To 7:42 p.m., Hurricanes Ike and Gustav have supposedly disrupted production at refineries that serve the southeast. There’s little to no gas in Asheville, which had led to long lines and fights at the pumps.

    Check out http://www.citizen-times.com

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Meanwhile in Asheville, the star columnist (who wrote the story last week that gas supplies would be “low” over the weekend) wrote a chuckling column Monday about how he had hoarded gas, filling up 3 autos and a boat, while previously telling readers “not to panic.” That appeared the day the city ran out of gas. Great nominee for GCI public service journalism.

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