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ACTV Presents: Arizona State Surplus Property

ACTV Presents: Arizona State Surplus Property



Miguel Rosa is searching for a great deal on a used car and his search has brought him to an unusual place has served him well in the past I like the cars the last one I had let's see it's a it was a 91 I had it for 10 years I paid a thousand for it so I went to work and I you know I was able to earn money for $1,000 you know you can't beat it Miguel's diamond in the rough auction house is the state surplus property yard in Phoenix with the state facing budget deficits the surplus yard becomes an important savings for Arizona and we push it out here at public auction and the public comes in and they'll go through and do a pretty good job of cleaning it out for us Steve Perico is the general manager for the surplus property yard and he says the public auctions aren't the only ways Department saves the state money our primary focus is reutilization or redistribution because any time we can save a tax dollar by putting stuff back into service that helps the benefit of the taxpayer whether it be here in Maricopa County or statewide according to parka the surplus property yard handles almost anything in office would need items can be reused by any state agency through an authorized signer who all is the money to buy the item at the yard taxpayers might not see or read about the savings that comes from the surplus yard but it's felt at every state agency or by someone that buys something at an auction we found that trying to quantify that and put our numbers around it we've had number crunchers look at it before and everybody kind of goes well yeah you save people money you help them expand what they can do and that's really what we're all about is trying to expand and stretch the taxpayers dollar items found in the yard range from used computer towers to a horse trailer and everything in between kibou horn now you ask yourself why would the state have a bullhorn well we've got folks that use them for disaster you know please clear the building we've got law enforcement folks that use them we've got various school districts that would turn these in for you know talking to students I'm not sure if it's a classroom thing or for something they'd use on their athletic field but we get a wide variety of stuff we're limited only by what the imagination can find another area the surplus property does very well in is the cash-and-carry items available to the public these items come from a very special place basically this is stuff that is voluntarily abandoned from the Sky Harbor Airport comes for the TSA the state has an agreement with the TSA we take everything that was abandoned by passengers at the TSA security checkpoints stuff that can't get on airplanes from belts and belt buckles to canes and curling irons as well as pieces of Arizona's landscape we we joke around that Arizona is leaving here one Rock at a time because rocks aren't legal to take on an airplane and large big rocks so folks give them up at the at the TSA point Erika says that state vehicles no longer in use make up a large portion of the yard and it's glad when he can clear them from the lot see a lot of folks for buying vehicles a lot of people will come in and buy their kids first vehicle here we've seen generations of folks coming in and buying vehicles for their kids over years over years and they make great first kid cars because you know they relatively not a lot of money and they're fairly well maintained so it works out pretty well for us 300 after bidding on and winning his next car Miguel Rosa knows how good of a deal he got oh super happy super happy excited probably the my first check will pay back for itself because my first check that I get from my job right there it'll be my money back so it's worth it to me for a CTV monthly Jesse Sapolsky


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