County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:

August 5, 2014


Helicopter sale brings
online auction total to $2.6M

Helicopter sold for more than $400 thousand


FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that a Jet Ranger Helicopter sold for $421,000 as part of the County’s recent online auction, bringing the combined total of the County’s online surplus property auctions to $2,686,208.  


“The sale of this helicopter was a rare and exciting opportunity for the County and potential buyers,” Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. said. “The County’s online auctions provide a great benefit in terms of revenue and make it easier for bidders as they can monitor the sale though their computers. Another benefit is that we get many more bidders, including some in other states.”


The helicopter was surplus property from the Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission.


“The County constantly looks for ways to maximize efficiency of services and resources,” said Freeholder Serena DiMaso, liaison to the County Mosquito Extermination Commission. “Auctioning equipment that is no longer used by the County is just one of the many methods utilized to achieve this.”


Thirty-six other surplus items, including 28 vehicles were also sold online. The items were all sold to the highest bidders and came from the County’s Fleet Services, Sheriff’s Office, Buildings and Grounds, Reclamation Center as well as seized and surplus property from the Prosecutor’s Office.


The auction of the helicopter was conducted May 17 through June 17 by Auction Liquidation Services of Eatontown. A full description of the helicopter along with photographs and terms of sale was available online. The other items were available for bidding May 17 through May 21.


Generally, the County has two auctions a year – spring and fall. The auctions are coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Division of Fleet Services with assistance provided by the Purchasing Division.


The County began conducting its surplus property auctions completely online in 2008.


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