County puts 27 cars on auction block

Kitsap County plans to auction off 27 surplus vehicles that no longer meet the county’s transportation needs.

“With the budget crisis, we’ve been really concerned about spending money on new vehicles,” said Central Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown. “But we need to make sure that our sheriff’s deputies are in safe vehicles if they get involved in a high-speed chase.”

Public Works Director Randy Casteel expects that about $38,000 will be returned to the county, after the auctioneer takes a percentage. The money will be returned to the individual department’s equipment fund.

The vehicles are put up for auction with regard to an objective criteria, which includes mileage and frequency of needed repairs.

The cars vary in age, from 1988 to 2001. While there are several pickups included in the auction lot, most of the cars are Ford Crown Victorias.

Casteel said Kitsap usually retires its vehicles at around 130,000 miles, which is a higher level than most Washington counties.

During the presentation before the commissioners last week, Sheri Johnson of Burley said it made more sense to maintain older cars than to buy new ones.

“It’s cheaper to fix them up,” she said. “I still drive my 1971 pickup. Whenever a part stops working, I just replace it.”

Casteel said the auction will probably be run by Stokes Auction in Port Orchard. He said the auction date was not yet final.

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