By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

One county's junk could be another man's treasure. For the past several years now, Houston County has selling their old, used equipment on

Officials say they're never sure how much money they'll make but any amount is better than nothing.

"They either sat around in the building, get in the way and we trashed them, and now people will buy those old monitor just for parts if nothing else, and we get some money for them and it goes back into the tax payer's pockets." says Mark Culver, Houston County Commission Chairman.

This week, some new items are up for bid, including a garbage truck, old computer monitors and cars that were seized by the sheriff's office.

For some items, bidding will start as low as a dollar and how high those bids go, nobody knows.

"We put them on and then they are open to the World Wide Web and we sell stuff to people all over the United States. We sold a garbage truck that they took to Jamaica one time." says Mark Pool, Houston County Chief Engineer

After the items are sold and the money comes in, it will be distributed upon several units in the county, but the Sheriff's department already has plans for their share.

"The money that we use from the proceeds of the vehicles that we have seized goes right back into vehicles that we use for the sheriff's office." says Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes

In most cases, the department in the county that donated the item for bid, will receive whatever money is made from that item.

Only government agencies can post items up for auction, but anyone in the public can bid on the items.

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