Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) January 18, 2013
The City of Baton Rouge has embraced a new way of selling outdated equipment to subsidize the purchase of new goods. By using an established, but innovative, online government auctions site specifically designed for governments and municipalities, Baton Rouge is offering up a huge lot of government surplus, including vehicles, heavy equipment, laptops, GPS, motorcycles, cameras, video surveillance, jewelry, and mobile phones. All items can be found at http://br.municibid.com.
The online auction site, Municibid.com was established in 2006 and has grown steadily since. The City of Baton Rouge’s Director of Purchasing, Patti Wallace says they chose to use Municibid to auction their surplus equipment because switching to the electronic system supports an effort by the Mayor-President’s Office to use technology to reduce costs and increase revenue. “We wanted to get our inventory greater exposure to the public,” Wallace said. She noted the city-parish was holding onsite auctions previously, which were expensive. The increased exposure online should result in higher bids, she said.
Municibid Founder and CEO, Greg Berry said, “Taxpayer demand and tightened budgets require government agencies to look for new ways of increasing non-tax revenue. Municibid is an easy way to achieve this and at no cost to the agency.” Berry added “Auction items will reach a much broader, national audience of competing bidders, leading to better net results.”
The City of Baton Rouge Surplus Auction went live on the Municibid website on January 14th and has gotten a slew of traffic and hits. With almost 200 items up for auction, city-parish officials hope to garnish tens of thousands of dollars in revenue to be put back into the city’s budget. In a recent example, the town of Mansfield, MA recently sold 70 items, expecting to earn around $75,000; instead, using Municibid, sales totaled $167,000. The City of Baton Rouge could realistically make twice that amount, with the number of specialty items up for auction.
Among the many items available for bid are: Over 50 cars and trucks, 7 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, 10 buses, 3 excavators, and a vast quantity of electronics equipment, including GPS, cameras, video surveillance equipment, laptops, PCs, printers, scanners, and cell phones. The online auction for these items ends in just under 2 weeks, on January 28.
Municibid.com is an online government auctions platform serving over 700 state and local government agencies across the US from cities like Philadelphia, Boston and Baton Rouge, to small towns, authorities, school districts and universities. Municibid is designed for government agencies to more effectively sell surplus, forfeitures and other no longer needed items to the public via a convenient and easy-to-use website. Municibid proactively markets items nationwide via social media and traditional avenues at no cost to the selling agency.