A surplus helicopter previously deployed by the Monmouth County Mosquito Commission was sold via online auction on June 17 for $421,000, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
All told, the County netted $2,686,208 through the online sale of 38 surplus items from the County Fleet, the Sheriff’s Office, Buildings and Grounds, the Reclamation Center and property seized by the Prosecutor’s Office during the spring auction.
“The sale of this helicopter was a rare and exciting opportunity for the County and potential buyers,” Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. said. “The County’s online auctions provide a great benefit in terms of revenue and make it easier for bidders as they can monitor the sale though their computers. Another benefit is that we get many more bidders, including some in other states.”
“The County constantly looks for ways to maximize efficiency of services and resources,” said Freeholder Serena DiMaso, liaison to the County Mosquito Extermination Commission. “Auctioning equipment that is no longer used by the County is just one of the many methods utilized to achieve this.”
Since 2008, Monmouth County has been conducting its surplus equipment auctions online in the spring and fall.