MANATEE -- The Manatee County school district will be auctioning more than 50 vehicles from its fleet Saturday.
The money for the auction will help add to the district's depleted reserves and cut expenses. The district's goal is to meet the state-required 3 percent fund balance by next July.
The vehicles to be sold come from a fleet of 222 district vehicles.
Superintendent Rick Mills has described the number of cars and trucks as excessive and too expensive to
The school district will be auctioning two retired school buses, 21 pickup trucks, 15 vans, 10 Ford Tauruses, three Chevy Luminas, three GMC vans with lifts and a 2000 Jeep Cherokee.
The auction is being held by Holzman Auctioneers at 2501 63rd Ave. E. in Bradenton.
The auction is open to the public, but a deposit of $100 is required to register for anyone who does not hold a Manatee County school district ID badge.
Mike Holzman of Holzman auctioneers said the deposit if refundable to those who do not make a purchase and applicable toward a purchase.
There will be a preview at 8 a.m. the day of the auction, and the auction will begin at 10 a.m.
The Holzman Auctioneers website includes a full list of the vehicles with descriptions, mileage and pictures.
Holzman Auctioneers holds between six and eight auctions per year for school districts and government municipalities.
Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.