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Good deal’ offered on state cars

Government getting rid of 700 excess vehicles

December 13, 2003

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— Not-for-profit agencies, municipalities and public school districts in Kansas will have first crack at more than 700 vehicles the state is selling as it downsizes its fleet, officials said Friday.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said buyers would get a "good deal," but added, "we're not selling them for a dollar a car."

Last month, Sebelius ordered the dismantling of the state's central motor pool, a two-year moratorium on new vehicle purchases and the sale of vehicles that had been underutilized.

The move came after Journal-World reports about a state fleet that had reached more than 8,000 vehicles and resulted in at least one parking lot full of cars that were new, not used, and apparently not needed.

The 30-day sale will start Jan. 5.

"This is really an attempt to recover these finances for the state, but we wanted to make sure that other units of government and not-for-profits had an opportunity to see if they wanted to buy the cars from us first," Sebelius said.

Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug said county officials were considering whether to buy any of the vehicles.

"We're exploring it," he said. "I don't know if we will make use of it or not."

Not-for-profit groups or local governments can get more information about the vehicles by calling the Kansas Department of Administration at (785) 296-3011.

After the 30-day sale period, more cars will be sold at auction. The state has received interest from 15 auction houses but hasn't picked one yet.

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