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Online county surplus auction begins

Harrison County will hold its first online-only surplus equipment auction this month, with the catalog now available for viewing at Bidding will end Tuesday, June 28, at 8 p.m.
Highlight items in the auction include a Ford/New Holland 575E Loader/Backhoe, CAT 18B Articulated Front Loader, Vermeer 1250 Chipper, Sweepster TD84CP Road Sweeper, five snow blades (three 10-foot and two 9-foot), two cinder/salt truck boxes, set of tractor tires/rims, Ford E350 ambulance, 2004 Ford Explorer, 1997 Chevrolet Suburban, 1997 Ford F-150 4-by-4 truck, 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 truck, 2003 and 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser and two 2006 Dodge Chargers.
The auction will also include many items from the old county offices before they moved to the recently completed Government Center on the old hospital campus.
When bidding online, remember to refresh the screen to find out if the bid is still the winner. To refresh, click ‘RESET CATALOG’ on the page. This is most important at the end of the auction when time is running out, officials said.
The auction features extended bidding, which means any item bid on within five minutes of its scheduled time of closing will remain open for bids past its normal close. It will remain open until there are no bids on it for five minutes.
Maximum bidding is also available, which means the bidder can place a max bid but it will not automatically jump to that figure. The bid will go to the next highest increment and will be increased only as other people bid against it. The computer will automatically bid up to the maximum figure in the increments specified.
Photos of the items are available online, and there will be an open house to view the items on Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Items, or lots, 1 through 50 will be available for viewing at the Harrison County Recycling Center, 3151 Progress Blvd. in Corydon, and lots 51 through 200 will be available at the Harrison County 4-H building at the fairgrounds in Corydon.
Pick up will be Thursday, June 30, at both facilities.
If residents do not have access to the Internet, they can call Beckort’s office at 738-9476 to place a bid.
The auction is an ‘everything sales’ absolute auction. No buyer’s premium or sales tax will be included. A 3-percent fee will be added to the sales price if a credit card is used.
The county commissioners opted for the Internet-only auction because it was the cheapest with a 10-percent fee to Beckort Auctions. Two other auction services (Steve Morris and Steve Haggard) turned in bids, both of which required a 12-percent fee. Neither Morris or Haggard offered Internet options.
Brian Beckort said the Internet auction will allow for a national or even international auction and could possibly create a more competitive bidding atmosphere.
Commissioner James Goldman said he liked the option, which was used at a recent North Harrison High School auction. He said everyone he talked to with the school corporation was pleased with the results.
The auction was previously awarded to Mathes Auctions and Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes, but he later was notified of a law that prohibits a commissioner from benefiting from action made by the board, even if he didn’t vote on the matter. It was then re-bid.