The process may have taken longer than they expected, but McDuffie County officials are selling their first surplus item on an online auction site similar to eBay.
A 1994 Ford Crown Victoria was placed for sale on govdeals.com - a website that allows anyone to bid on government goods for sale. Getting ready for the auction required more paperwork and training than Information Technology Director Kelly Evans expected.
She said this one item for sale is a test to see if the county wants to continue selling surplus items online.
"Once the county manager has a chance to review it and make sure he's happy with the way things went and everything was done right and we felt like we got the most money for the item, then he's going to start putting bigger stuff on," Mrs. Evans said.
Next up for the county will be some heavy equipment from the road department. Mrs. Evans said surplus computer hardware will probably go online last. She added that unlike other counties, McDuffie will not sell confiscated goods at this point.
Officials say the site provides a larger audience, which yields higher buying prices while lowering the total cost of the auction.
"I'm anxious to give it a try," County Manager Don Norton told The Mirror in April after commissioners agreed to use the site. "What I had read about this govdeals.com, some other counties particularly, and maybe some cities, had very good experience with it that actually generated more revenue than a traditional auction."