The City of Rome is looking toward the auction block to make some extra cash.

In May, the city's Board of Estimate and Contract approved a one-year contract with Teitsworth Auctions of Geneseo that lets the city buy equipment at low state contract prices and sell its used cars, trucks and heavy equipment at auction.

The city will test the waters at its first auction next month.

Mayor Joseph Fusco says the city could save tens of thousands of dollars a year and cut maintenance and repair costs by participating in the auction program.

Fusco says Rome budgets about $300,000 a year for maintenance and repair costs and he hopes to cut that almost in half.

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