Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that a new public e-notification system is now in place for State of Connecticut surplus vehicle and property auctions.

"From hospital beds to bicycles, these auctions cover the whole spectrum of property and vehicles the State uses, so residents can find an array of items often at bargain prices," Governor Rell said. "Electronic notification is a great way to increase public interest and awareness of our state auctions -- and clearly, the more people who participate, the more revenue we can realize from unused property. Surplus property and vehicle auctions generate millions of dollars in revenue for the State and really represent a win-win situation."

Interested parties can submit their e-mail address, and once a date is set for either a property or vehicle auction, they will be notified electronically. Visit www.das.state.ct.us, click on Procurement, then State and Federal Surplus Program to enroll. The direct link to register for the e-notification service is www.das.state.ct.us/Purchase/Register/surpluslistsrv.asp.

Once an auction date is established, a brief description and photos of items and vehicles for auction are typically posted on the website.

During this fiscal year, $2.3 million has been generated through vehicle auctions and $133,742 has been generated through state property auctions.

Auctions are typically held at the State's surplus building located behind the Wethersfield DMV office.

Governor Rell has been pushing to expand government-related services to the internet wherever and whenever it is feasible. Since July, for example, tens of thousands of state residents have registered their vehicles by using the Department of Motor Vehicles' new electronic renewal system.

"That's thousands of people who did not have to drive to their local DMV and wait in line to renew their registration," Governor Rell said. "These are great examples of how technology can be employed to improve convenience and customer service in our state agencies."