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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 https://goo.gl/Vpb2UK, OMB’s Asset Management page. 

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

 

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