Firms Tackle Government Chores

Small companies are making a business out of helping local government agencies. Many municipalities are overburdened by time-consuming and complicated tasks like auctioning off unclaimed stolen goods, unloading unwanted supplies and collecting unpaid traffic fines. Last fall, Nancy Reichman, purchasing officer for the Buncombe County Schools based in Asheville, N.C., started using auction site to get rid of the district’s old and unneeded merchandise, including trucks, vans, washers and dryers, air conditioners and stoves.

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