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 https://goo.gl/Vpb2UK, OMB’s Asset Management page.
Legislation adopting online auctioning was introduced by then City Councilman Dan Gilman in 2014.