DISCLAIMER: The information posted on this page does not, in any way, constitute policy. Spokane County has adopted a county code.
PROCESS: The head (or designee) of each Spokane County Department or agency has the responsibility for protecting and controlling the use of all assets (under their respective care and control (Spokane County Fixed Asset Policy) and this applies to assets whether County-owned real property or County-owned personal property. Assets which are “real property” include land and improvements thereupon such as buildings, betterments, fixtures and appurtenances, all as is customarily defined by real estate laws and practices. County personal property (or personalty) is essentially everything else other than real property. This particular web page addresses only County-owned personalty.
Eventually, the need arises for each County department or agency to dispose of the assets under their respective care and control whenever such assets have exhausted their useful life. In such cases, the head of the responsible County department or agency will make recommendation that: (1) the particular asset(s) under their care and control be declared as surplus to the needs of Spokane County; and (2) such assets be disposed in an appropriate manner as recommended by the responsible department or agency head; and (3) a minimum bid price be set by the Board of County Commissioners for disposal of the asset(s), if such is the recommendation of the responsible head of the department or agency.
DISPOSAL METHODS: The methods of disposal may vary depending upon the asset. As example, some methods of disposal may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: (A) sale by live general public auction; (B) sale by sealed-bid auction; (C) sale by electronic auction; (D) destruction or discarding the asset in an appropriate manner; (E) transfer to another governmental agency (“transferee”) upon such terms and conditions which are mutually agreeable to the County and the transferee; (F) trade-in (NOTE: trade-ins are permitted only in connection with a competitive procurement of a similar (“like”) item, and so while it is true that a trade-in is a method of disposal, it is a process that pertains to competitive solicitations. While trade-ins are categorized posted according to the generalized category name of the particular and pertinent competitive solicitation document, there is no separate and particular list of trade-in items.
DISPOSAL SCHEDULE: The County declares assets to be surplus to the needs of the County at public hearings held by the Board of County Commissioners. Notice of such public meetings are posted on the weekly agenda schedule of the Board of County Commissioner’s web page and typically occur on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month only, a five-thirty p.m. agenda; HOWEVER, may also occur as needed at other regular scheduled sessions of the Board of County Commissioners.
ELECTRONIC AUCTIONS: Click to view personalty authorized for the disposal sale of by means of Electronic Auction.