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The record: A list of items being auctioned off by the city of Wichita.
Why you'd want it: To learn more about what the city is getting rid of and how much it is taking in in return. The next auction, which will be held online, is Tuesday. The city posts on its Web site, www.wichita.gov, when it has scheduled auctions.
Where you get the records: For notice of when auctions occur, go to the city's Web site. To learn more about Tuesday's auction, click on "City of Wichita Surplus Auction" link under the City Spotlight tab.
How much it will cost: The information is free.