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Federal relief for smaller Illinois municipalities

By Community Resilience Initiative on Sep 7, 2021 11:31:57 AM

Claim your fair share of $742 million—now through Sept. 30

Communities with populations less than 50,000 are now eligible to receive federal pandemic relief funds allocated through the American Rescue Plan.

These funds are critical for helping more than 1,250 small communities across Illinois recover pandemic-related costs and set up for long-term health and stability.

Topics: federal government disaster relief funds Illinois American Rescue Plan
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Recovering local tax revenue in Blackwell, Oklahoma

By Ted Kamel on Sep 2, 2021 8:11:45 AM

Tucked south of the Kansas border sits an Oklahoma town that wants to do right by its residents and business owners.

Topics: Oklahoma
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Forest View, Illinois chooses Azavar to advance tax compliance

By Tom Fagan on Aug 27, 2021 9:27:48 AM

Azavar has been selected by Forest View, Illinois to conduct a comprehensive review of its taxes and fees. We are pleased to partner with this unique Cook County community, which lies along Chicago's west side border.

One key reason that municipalities seek out tax compliance audits is that they suspect what we call a revenue leak— a loss of income from taxes and fees caused by errors to tax rolls.

Topics: azavar utility tax revenue review client news Illinois compliance audit
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Tax Compliance Reviews for Bath, New York

By Tom Fagan on Aug 27, 2021 9:08:10 AM

We’re excited to welcome yet another new customer to the Azavar family—Bath, New York. This town of more than 12,000 is located in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, a well-loved region known for recreation, agriculture, and viticulture.

Topics: azavar utility tax franchise fee client news New York local revenue
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How to find short-term rentals

By Azavar Local Revenue Team on Aug 17, 2021 12:24:29 PM

The key to a comprehensive vacation rental tax-compliance audit

When it comes to short-term rental administration, local governments need to accomplish several goals:

  1. Level the playing field between hosts and hotel/motel operators.
  2. Develop ordinances that address community concerns.
  3. Broaden the tax base and shore up civic finances.
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$70K recovered in revenue for Dayton, Texas

By Azavar Local Revenue Team on Aug 5, 2021 6:25:10 AM

Years of Lost Revenue & Community Potential

Just 35 miles outside of Houston, Dayton, Texas is a quiet community of more than 8,000. It was founded nearly 200 years ago and its location along the Trinity River made it a transportation center. Today, Dayton sits at the intersection of two major railroads and remains a regional hub.

Topics: Sales Tax Texas revenue review local revenue
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Azavar selected by Louisiana Municipal Advisory and Technical Services Bureau (LaMATS)

By Ted Kamel on Jul 27, 2021 11:16:03 AM

Tapped to conduct utility franchise fee audits for municipalities across the state

After being in business for more than 25 years, we like to think that we understand local-government leaders. And one thing they all have in common is a desire to work hard on behalf of their constituents—and make their budgets work even harder.

Topics: franchise fee revenue review Louisiana tax compliance
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Municipalities: Clear up your ARP funding confusion

By Community Resilience Initiative on Jul 14, 2021 3:01:56 PM

What local leaders are thinking about—and what they should consider

ARP is sprinkling communities across America with much-needed federal funds—$58 billion, in fact. For many small-to-mid-size communities, these dollars are key to getting back on track, as well as planning for the future.

Topics: emergency cares act American Rescue Plan local revenue compliance audit
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4 Key Questions About the American Rescue Plan

By Community Resilience Initiative on Jul 14, 2021 2:26:15 PM

Get answers about federal grants and how local governments can benefit

Municipalities and counties across the country are receiving funds from the American Rescue Plan aimed at restoring communities after the economic and public-health devastation of the pandemic. However, for small-to-mid-sized communities, ARP comes with its own set of challenges and questions.

Our team of federal-grant experts are skilled in working with local governments and have put together this list of some of the most frequently asked questions about this $1.9 trillion act.

Topics: covid-19 federal government American Rescue Plan grants
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Digital nomads & local government economic recovery

By Shylo Bisnett on Jul 9, 2021 11:47:13 AM

As a longtime partner to local governments across the country, Azavar is keenly aware of the economic struggles that municipal leaders are tackling.

We are staying on top of positive economic indicators, such as a predicted boom in sales-tax revenue, as well as consumer trends like a swell in Baby Boomer travel and tourism

Topics: Sales Tax food & beverage tax short-term rental local revenue tourism digital nomads local economy