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Dec 9, 2009 12:03 PM by Press Release

State Auction

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Interested in buying a car or truck - or how about a tractor or bus?

The state is selling 280 vehicles at a surplus sale this weekend, as Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration works to cut the state-owned fleet.

The state holds a monthly vehicle auction, but the governor's Division of Administration said the surplus on sale Saturday is more than three times the usual average of cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles that are available.

More are expected to hit the auction block in coming months.

In August, Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis put a freeze on state agencies buying new vehicles in a fleet that tops 13,000. Cutting down on cars is part of the Jindal administration's plan for slashing government costs amid years of projected budget shortfalls.

In 2008, Louisiana had the ninth-largest vehicle fleet among state governments nationwide, according to Davis.

A cross-section of the vehicles to be auctioned Saturday are viewable at http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa/1212%20vehicle%20pics.pdf. The vehicles range from Ford Mustangs and a Chevrolet Camaro used for undercover law enforcement work to a school bus, agricultural equipment and transport vans.

On the Net:
Louisiana Property Assistance Agency:
http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa/auction.htm.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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