Thousands of dollars are pouring into local governments, all with the click of a mouse.
Many governments in the Panhandle region are turning to online auctions. Online government auctions are growing at record rates on one of the more popular auction web sites, www.govdeals.com.
Texas entities sold more than $2 million dollars worth of inventory last year alone. Compare that to just $40,000 in 2005. Think of it like ebay but for governments. "We have vehicles, office furniture and equipment from the morgue," says Potter County Purchasing Agent Sharon Page.
It's all for sale online, waiting for you to make a bid. And those bids are bringing in lots of money for area governments.
Dumas IT Director Rhonda McSpadden says, "That's 7,000 dollars we didn't have yesterday. All we had was a bunch of equipment just sitting around."
It's prompting many counties and cities to put away the paddles and do away with live auctioneers. They say it just makes sense. Online auctions can reach so many more people than a one-day, local event can.
McSpadden says, "No one from Dumas bought a thing! We had people from New Mexico, South Texas, and Louisiana. Internet auctions are really picking up steam in the Panhandle, Dumas started doing it in December.
Moore County listed several items just a few weeks ago. T
he City of Amarillo is holding its first online auction on April 15th. These auctions not only are great for cities and counties, but you benefit too even if you never place a bid.
McSpadden says, "The more money we can collect from other sources, the less we have to go out and say hey we have to raise utility rates again or use the horrible tax word."
Amarillo Auction: www.assiter.com
Dumas Auction: www.govdeals.com