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Federal Aid & Local Government in 2021

By Shylo Bisnett on Apr 20, 2021 10:03:31 AM

A wrap-up of recent posts on this critical issue

At Azavar, we’ve been a partner to local governments for 25 years, helping grow incremental revenue, stabilize revenue, and stay on top of changing market conditions, from short-term rentals to cable cord-cutting. But the pandemic has sharpened our focus to helping connect municipalities with the funding it needs for the most critical services.

Topics: local government covid-19 federal government disaster relief funds FEMA
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Helping Morgan City, Louisiana Ensure Tax Compliance

By Ted Kamel on Apr 19, 2021 11:15:25 AM

We are excited to announce our newest customer, Morgan City, Louisiana. This community is proud of its location “right in the middle of everywhere”—almost equidistant between New Orleans, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge—and we are proud to help Morgan City take control of its finances through a series of comprehensive compliance audits. 

Topics: revenue review client news Louisiana tax compliance local revenue
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Celebrate Blue & Green Day

By Shylo Bisnett on Apr 16, 2021 12:07:38 PM

Learn more and get involved

Today is Blue & Green Day, a part of California’s Donate Life Month. This celebration recognizes the vital role of organ, eye, and tissue donors.

Topics: public service announcement
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Texas cities take control of local revenue

By Shylo Bisnett on Apr 8, 2021 8:19:15 AM

All across the Lone Star State, we are proud to help more and more municipalities review revenue, ensure tax compliance, and stabilize their long-term revenue picture.

Topics: Texas revenue review client news hotel-motel tax short-term rental local revenue
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New Customer: Issaquah, Washington

By Tom Fagan on Apr 8, 2021 6:14:53 AM

Welcome to the Azavar Family

For local governments, it’s always been important to have a consistent flow of revenue to ensure stable finances. But with so much economic uncertainty, all communities should take a second look at revenue.

Topics: revenue review client news Washington local revenue
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Local Economic Recovery Spurred by Sales-Tax Revenue

By Shylo Bisnett on Apr 5, 2021 1:44:23 PM

During the past year, many of our customers have seen revenue from sales taxes, food-and-beverage taxes, hotel-motel taxes, and other fees slow to a trickle.

But soon, Americans are going to be vaxxing and relaxing—and spending, too.

Topics: covid-19 localgov economy revenue review local revenue
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New Customer: Chandler, Texas

By Ted Kamel on Apr 2, 2021 10:51:40 AM

Congratulations on taking control of your local-revenue picture

Local governments must consistently demonstrate that they are being prudent with revenue. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that every penny is is actually coming in to community coffers, funding critical needs as well as amenities. 

Topics: Texas revenue review client news local revenue
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Can vaccine tourism boost local revenue?

By Shylo Bisnett on Apr 1, 2021 10:45:32 AM

Exurban, rural communities say yes

Many local governments across the country have experienced devastating losses due to COVID-fueled lockdowns. Vaccination rates are growing rapidly, but in urban centers it can still be a Sisyphean effort to get jabbed. 

Topics: local government covid-19 client news Illinois New York local revenue tourism
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Cord-cutting leads to falling cable taxes, states to take action

By Shylo Bisnett on Mar 31, 2021 9:53:10 AM

In just 2020 alone, more than six million Americans nixed cable service in favor of getting content from a streaming platform. Some of the reasons include a desire to save on the cost of a costly cable package, lack of interest in much of what cable offers, and increased content quality from competitors.

Topics: local government utility tax local budgets cable tax
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Keep Tabs On the Short-Term Rental Market

By Shylo Bisnett on Mar 23, 2021 10:59:30 AM

The short-term rental market is always changing, but it's hard to stay up to date

One of our staffers was scrolling through Instagram the other day and was struck by the sheer number of ads for travel. Almost every ad was for some kind of bed-and-breakfast, outdoor adventure experience, glampground, big-name short-term rental service, etc.

Topics: local government short-term rental tax compliance