Car auction nets $121,000 for school district

eearl@bradenton.comJune 20, 2013 

MANATEE -- The school district of Manatee County sold all of its surplus vehicles at a Saturday car auction.

The district had more than 50 vehicles, including cars, pickup trucks and retired school buses, on the auction block.

"We sold all 52 white fleet units and had a check cut back to the district from the auctioneers for $121,249.37," said deputy superintendent of operations Don Hall.

Hall said the auction exceeded expectations.

"Originally we had conservatively estimated $80,000 in gross sales, so this news is great," he said. "We are already making progress on our financial recovery plan."

The district is using the money to bulk up its reserves to meet the state-required 3 percent fund balance by next July.

Superintendent Rick Mills had said the district had an excessive amount of cars, with 222 vehicles in its fleet.

The vehicle sales will also provide a cost-saving for the district. Mills estimated it costs about $2,700 a year to maintain each vehicle.

The vehicles sold for between $800 and $7,500 each.

"It is a major win from our perspective," Hall said. "We got $40,000 more than we had budgeted."

The auction was held by Holzman Auctioneers.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081

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