PA to Auction Equipment

Pa. plans big equipment sale to ease revenue shortfall


HARRISBURG – Budget negotiators last month dug into just about every available pocket of state money, trying to cover the ever-deepening revenue shortfall.

Now they’re rooting through the sofa cushions – and selling the sofa, along with other surplus.

Thousands of items, among them wheelchairs and exercise bikes from prisons as well as high-end electronics and tricked-out tires from drug seizures, will go on the auction block Tuesday at the Farm Show complex here.

Aisle after aisle in the massive hall now is lined with pallets of stuff – most used, but some still in boxes – pulled from the cavernous closets of state agencies. There are cabinets and desks from the recently shuttered Philadelphia state office building, lawn mowers and survey equipment from PennDot, industrial kitchen equipment and chafing dishes from Labor and Industry (which operates snack bars), even used urinals from the Farm Show (the complex now has low-flow toilets).

If You Go

Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show complex, 2300 Cameron St., Harrisburg.

When: Starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday (doors open at 7:30) Preview from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

For more information, to preregister, or to view the complete list of items to be sold, and click on “How do I find surplus property items?”

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