KENNEWICK -- It took Bob Bertsch 25 years to build his construction business and just a day for it all to go away.
Bertsch's Kennewick-based Ashley-Bertsch Group went on the auction block Friday at 9 a.m. By 4 p.m., Booker Auctions had sold off almost two dozen vehicles and trailers, tons of power tools and supplies, even the gas-fired fireplace in the office.
Bertsch, 65, said he is down-sizing because the tax burden got too expensive to stay in business.
After a quarter of a century of building a successful enterprise at 5903 W. Metaline Ave., Bertsch sat back and watched as about 200 people bid on what was left of his company -- boxes of electrical parts, a drafting desk, high-end office furniture, TVs, computers and even the phone system.
Anything that could be carried away, was.
"I am tired of carrying all the tax load," Bertsch said. "I renew 13 licenses here every year just so I can spend money in this city."
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Government Fail: Kennewick Man Auctions Company Because Taxes Are Too High
Bob Bertsch's construction business has been taxed to the breaking point. I hope he runs for public office. We need more elected officials who understand businesses are being taxed out of business.