Dunbar’s Online Township Property Auctions Legislation to Allow Jury Commissioner Abolition Heads to Governor
12/6/2011
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) to permit the sale of township personal property and surplus farm products through electronic online auctions was approved by the Pennsylvania House early Monday evening on concurrence.

In an effort to streamline government and reduce duplication, House Bill 1644 would also allow county commissioners to eliminate the costly position of jury commissioner in many of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. County Commissioners will now have the option of holding a vote to abolish the office in their respective counties, as many have said this will help to improve services and efficiency for their residents.

“House Bill 1644 is commonsense legislation to allow our local counties to be just as competitive and cost efficient as any other business or nonprofit organization that currently has the ability to participate in or conduct an online auction,” said Dunbar. “Ultimately, these benefits should translate into greater savings for Pennsylvania taxpayers at the local level.
In these tough economic times when budgets are stretched to the limit, this can be a valuable tool for local counties to improve their economic condition, and gives them increased flexibility as well.”

In addition, Dunbar said the bill’s electronic online auction allowance will establish requirements so that the process is open and transparent to both the public and prospective bidders and that counties are ensured of the best return.

House Bill 1644 now moves on to the governor’s desk for signature. For the latest legislative updates, visit RepDunbar.com or Facebook.com/RepDunbar.

State Representative George Dunbar
56th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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