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Shylo Bisnett

Shylo Bisnett

Shylo Bisnett is a Content Marketing Specialist at Azavar and Localgov. In addition to managing a career as a freelance strategic writer, she also founded and chaired a local not-for-profit organization geared toward building relationships among residents, elected officials, and non-governmental organizations.

Recent posts by Shylo Bisnett

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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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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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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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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
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The ARP Offers Critical Local Government Funding

By Shylo Bisnett on Mar 15, 2021 12:22:56 PM

Throughout our history as a company, we know how dependent state and local governments are for revenue through various sources, from sales tax to hospitality tax, and beyond.

Topics: covid-19 cares act federal government local budgets American Rescue Plan
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Small Businesses & COVID Aid

By Shylo Bisnett on Feb 23, 2021 10:10:02 AM

Changes in assistance programs start February 24

Starting this Wednesday, the Biden Administration is limiting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program exclusively to businesses with fewer than 20 employees. This small-business-only period will last for 14 days  and allow lenders to focus on the needs of these businesses, which comprise 98% of small businesses.

Topics: local government covid-19 small business PPP
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Black History Spotlight: Lelia Foley-Davis

By Shylo Bisnett on Feb 19, 2021 10:02:13 AM

During this Black History Month, we are taking time to honor the contributions of Black civic leaders. These spectacular public servants have shaped the American experience in remarkable ways and sharing their stories is important to us at Azavar.