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Mon February 16, 2009
By Carrie Pond
Frankfort, KY – A second Internet auction of a state car ordered by former Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud has ended with a final bid of $24,100. That's about $6,600 less than the state paid for the 2008 Chrysler 300. The 70-year-old Draud ordered the vehicle with $13,000 in add-ons, including a more powerful engine, a hands-free phone system and a global positioning system. Draud said he would reimburse taxpayers for the car, but he suffered a stroke last summer and announced his resignation in December. Board of Education Chairman Joe Brothers tells The Courier-Journal Draud requested that he not be obligated to reimburse the state for the car, and the board agreed, if Draud waived a separation requirement that would have cost the state about $40,000.