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City makes money with online auctions


September 18, 2018

The City of Pittsburgh has made nearly $200,000 annually through online auctions of used city vehicles and other equipment, according to a study by the Office of Management and Budget. 

The city has taken in a total of $771,971 since moving to online auctions through the company GovDeals in November 2014, with the biggest sellers being used refuse trucks and police vehicles. That averages to $197,276 annually in the 3½ years since the program started. 

“GovDeals has proven to be a useful tool and allows for a fairly simple process to dispose of a wide variety of unused items, from art supplies to old fire trucks,” said OMB Director Jennifer Presutti. 

The auction site is at, OMB’s Asset Management page. 

Legislation adopting online auctioning was introduced by then City Councilman Dan Gilman in 2014. 


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