Shumlin announces that annual state surplus auction will continue

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced that the state surplus vehicle and equipment auction, which is traditionally held every Spring in Berlin and allows Vermonters to personally inspect everything from dump trucks to tools, will continue to be held in future years.  ‘I met a number of Vermonters at the auction earlier this month,’ the governor said, referring to the May 7 auction that was held at the Agency of Transportation’s Central Garage on the Barre-Montpelier Road. ‘Many came up to me and said they look forward to the auction and to having a chance to inspect the vehicles up close. They can kick the tires and make up their mind which vehicle they will bid on.  Physical auctions are truly a Vermont tradition.’ The state had considered eliminating the in-person auction in favor of an online format for people to bid on surplus equipment. But Governor Shumlin decided to continue the physical auctions, saying most Vermonters prefer to personally inspect big purchase items before deciding to bid. ‘I was pleased to hear that 88 percent of the bidders were Vermonters and that 50 percent ($260,000) of the total auction revenues ($520,000) came from Vermonters,’ the Governor said. ‘It looks like a significant amount of our surplus vehicles and equipment ended up back in Vermont communities, and that is a good thing.’ Governor  Shumlin said there remain a number of Vermonters who do not have access to the internet and would be unable to participate in an online auction. ‘Until they do have internet access, we need to make sure that, when it is time to decommission State assets and put them up for sale, all Vermonters have the opportunity to buy them,’ the governor said. Source: Governor’s office. 5.17.2011last_img