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Is it legal employee or elected official to purchase

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Is it legal for a employee or elected official to purchase surplus goods or land from a municipality
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 years ago.
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As long as the surplus goods or land are offered for sale to the general public there is no prohibition for a government employee or elected official bidding on or purchasing those goods through the public sale, UNLESS there is a local ordinance prohibiting the purchase. As long as the employee or official does not use their position to gain an advantage in purchasing those goods before offered to the public in a surplus sale, there would be no ethics violation. It is an ethics violation for an employee or official to use their position to buy the surplus prior to being advertised to the general public for sale.