[UPDATE] 2-11 2:30PM --
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Governor's Press Office:
In fulfillment of another campaign promise, Governor Rick Scott today has directed the Department of Management Services to accept two bids that were revealed earlier this week. This sale of two state-owned airplanes will net the state of Florida more than $560,000 in savings this fiscal year, and it will eliminate the annual operating and leasing costs of $2.4 million per year.
“Just as Florida’s families and businesses are forced to do more with less, state government must do the same,” remarked Governor Scott. “Burdening taxpayers with these ongoing expenses is irresponsible and not a core function for government to meet the state’s critical needs.”
The move continues Governor Scott’s commitment to rein in state spending and reduce both the size and scope of government in Florida.
Tallahassee, FL (AP) -
Fifteen bids have been submitted on Florida's two remaining state planes.
Nine bids ranging between $1.1 million and $1.9 million were received by the state Wednesday for a 2003 jet-powered Cessna Citation Bravo. Six bids between $1.1 million and $1.765 million were put on a 2000 King Air 350. All were accompanied by cashier's checks for at least 10 percent of the bid amount.
The bids were accepted by Department of Management Services
officials, who now have 48 hours to notify rejected bidders.
Florida once had a fleet of three planes, but sold one in 2008.
Gov. Rick Scott uses his personal jet to travel on state business at his own expense. He wanted to sell off the state-owned aircraft as a cost-savings measure.
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