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Surplus auction draws hundreds to Warren County

VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hundreds came to Vicksburg Saturday morning to vie for the cheapest deals on all kinds of things.

Organizers say it also greatly benefits the local economy as well.

"The last time, we had almost 500 out. Today, just coming up and looking at the line, people just getting their numbers, it's going to be well over that," said Ann Grimshel, purchasing director for the city of Vicksburg.

What's up for bids?

More than 300 different things, from old police cruisers to computer monitors.

You can even get one of those zero-turn lawn mowers.

All of the items are what officials call obsolete or no longer usable by the city or county.

"The objective here is to provide items that we have surplused out, that we're bringing to this auction to recoup monies that we spent in the beginning to pay a higher price. Now we're going to get some of those dollars back," said Dexter Jones, inventory control auditor for the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

That money then goes to the general fund, Vicksburg or Warren County, depending on where the item originated.

The general fund helps both entities with their daily operating budgets.

Grimshel said those funds helped the city tremendously the last time they had an auction like this.

"All that went back into the general fund which was used with the police department to buy all-new motorcycles to control traffic and different things like that. I think two police cars, also," she said.

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