Online sale of used government property continues to be successful

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that last month’s annual Monmouth County surplus auction generated $301,907, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $1,611,482.

The county began conducting its surplus property auctions completely online in 2008.

Surplus property from Fleet Services, Parks, Buildings and Grounds, Highway, Bridge and Reclamation, along with seized property from the Prosecutor’s Office, was sold to the highest bidders.

“This spring auction included an extended-time auction for surplus construction equipment which resulted in more bidders submitting bids from many states,” Freeholder Robert D. Clifton said. “One item of construction equipment alone resulted in a bid for $100,400.”

Generally, the County has two auctions a year – spring and fall. The auctions are coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Division of Fleet Services with assistance provided by the Department of Purchasing.

“By continuing to conduct the surplus and seized property auctions online, the County has  eliminated the need to pay overtime for security and item pick-up,” Clifton said. “The online auction has made this process a revenue stream.”

The auction was conducted May 8 through May 19. As usual, vehicles made up a good share of the items that hit the auction block. Also on the auction list were office equipment, lawn mowers, grounds and turf equipment, chain saws, food concession equipment and other miscellaneous items.

The auction was conducted by Steven J. Miranti Auction Liquidation Services of Eatontown. A complete list of the items included in the auction was viewed online with pictures and descriptions, as well as terms of sale and other relevant information.