The following is a news release from the Office of the Commissioner of Administration of the State of Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, LA – Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis announced today that on Saturday, January 9th, the State of Louisiana will auction 250 surplus vehicles surrendered by state agencies as a result of the commissioner's efforts to reduce the size of the state's vehicle fleet.
The 250 vehicles in this sale, following 280 that were made available in a similar auction in December, is considerably more than the average of 90 vehicles usually available at the state's monthly public auctions, and represent a continuation of this first round of vehicles made available from the reductions. Additional vehicles are expected to be auctioned in the coming months as a result of this ongoing initiative.
Cabinet level offices have identified 841 of their 8,230 passenger/light trucks/vans for surplus as part of Commissioner Davis' effort to reduce the state's fleet. Of those 841 vehicles identified for surplus, 552 have already been delivered to the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency (LPAA). Of those 552 vehicles delivered to LPAA, 274 were sold during the November and December auctions for $498,950. The January 9th auction will have another 250 vehicles for sale.
"I have been pleased by the initial response of our cabinet secretaries to this effort, but this just a first step," said Davis. "Making significant reductions in the state's fleet of vehicles, and achieving the corresponding cost savings for government, will require a sustained and determined effort throughout state government."
In August of last year, Commissioner Davis established a freeze on the purchase of new state government vehicles, with limited exceptions for critical needs like public safety. That freeze followed previous progress made by the administration to control the size and cost of the state government vehicle fleet. In Fiscal Year 2008, state agencies and colleges and universities purchased 1,412 vehicles at a total cost of $26,163,700. In Fiscal Year 2009, they purchased less than half that number of vehicles at less than half the cost: 597 vehicles at a total cost of $11,661,384.
The public can inspect auction vehicles in person starting Wednesday, January 6, through Friday, January 8, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The auction gates at the sale site on Saturday, January 9, open at 7:00 a.m., with bidding on cars to begin at 10 a.m.
The vehicle inspections and auction are held at 1059 Brickyard Lane in Baton Rouge.
Surplus Property Auctions are open to the general public. Registration can be done at any time throughout the auction day and pre-registering is also available on vehicle inspection days. Citizens must have a valid picture ID to be able to register and bid.
The public may also view a cross section of the auctioned vehicles ahead of time online at http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa/auction/01-09-10%20Outside%20pics.pdf, and get more information about state surplus auctions on the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency's website at http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa/auction.htm.