Rahm Emanuel’s Surplus Auctions Raise $3.6 MIllion

Mayor
Rahm Emanuel announced today that the Department of Procurement
Services (DPS) collected $3.6 million in 2011 from selling City surplus
materials through its online auction system, nearly twice the amount
collected in 2010. The online auctions allow the City to sell unneeded
surplus possessions including fax machine toner, scrap metal, old
vehicles parts, and street sweepers. 

 

“It is our
responsibility to the taxpayers of Chicago to leave no stone unturned or
old fax machine unsold when it comes to bringing in new revenue to the
City,” said Mayor Emanuel. “For each dollar we bring in through our
online auction system, it’s one less dollar we have to find from
someplace else which allows us to preserve critical City services that
Chicagoans depend on. I commend the Department of Procurement Services
for its aggressive pursuit of items that can be sold online. It is an
example of the type efficient, ingenuity that we will continue to strive
for every day.”

 

Through increased
coordination and outreach between City departments, DPS doubled the
amount it collected in 2010 from $1.8 million to $3.6 million. In
addition, DPS has projected that it will increase that amount in 2012
for a total of $4.6 million in revenue.
Already in the first month of 2012, DPS auctions have generated over $90,000in new revenue.  

 

Recently successful
auctions include 450 tons of scrap metal, several pieces of heavy
equipment and a set of decommissioned Micro-Turbine power generators.
Most
auction items are sold at the City’s salvage yard, though some
equipment is auctioned onsite at the City facilities where they were
used. DPS also works internally with City departments and Sister
Agencies to identify any items that still may have potential use to the
City. DPS has sold surplus items to buyers all over the United States as
well as South America, Mexico, and Canada.

 

Anyone interested in purchasing surplus items should visit the City’s website at Cityofchicago.org/procurement or call DPS at 312.744.4900.


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