An auction to clear out hundreds of unused and outdated items belonging to Berks County and several municipalities brought in more than $85,000 last month, county officials announced Thursday.
Trucks, air conditioners, portable outhouses, two paddle boats, a row boat and a golf cart were among the items put up for bid at the Reading Fairgrounds in Bern Township on April 5.
The county's profit totaled $31,946.92 after paying sales taxes and the auctioneer's fee. The remaining proceeds went to the participating municipalities of Brecknock, Caernarvon, Earl, Maidencreek, Pike, Robeson and Tilden townships and Shillington borough.
"We are very pleased with the results of this auction and may look to do another in the future," said Carl Geffken, county chief operating officer.
Some of the county's profits from the auction were allocated to departments from which the auction items came from.
The biggest winner was the parks and recreation department, which netted $12,794.88.
"The parks department is extremely pleased with the outcome of this auction," said Christopher Stress, acting director. "I want to report that the proceeds netted from the parks department items will go directly back into the improvement of the county parks."
At the bottom of the departmental list was adult probation, which netted 84 cents from the sale of a television cabinet, Geffken said.