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Ted Kamel

Ted Kamel

Ted Kamel is a native of Tyler, Texas. His public service began in 1984 at age 24 when he was elected the youngest to serve on the Tyler City Council. He served 2 terms including Mayor Pro Tem. He served District 6 in the Texas House for 4 terms from 1991-1999 and he maintained the highest ratings with all business-related groups throughout his tenure. For the last 12 years, Kamel has been involved in helping cities with revenue discovery and recovery services. Kamel pioneered business-friendly hotel audits and blazed a trail for cities large and small with full H.O.T. programs including audits, short term rental discovery, and analysis/administration. He has authored several articles on the impact of a positive pro-active H.O.T. program for cities and has been a regular guest speaker at conferences on the lodging tax issues. As a senior hotel audit manager, Kamel managed 2,700 hotel audits recovering more than $14 million for client cities.

Recent posts by Ted Kamel

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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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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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New Customer! Bedford, Texas

By Ted Kamel on Feb 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We're excited to get started with our latest new customer

We’re excited to offer that keen insight and real dollars to our new customer, Bedford, Texas, through a series of in-depth revenue reviews and short-term rental administration.

Topics: local government Texas revenue review client news
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New Azavar Customer: Palmview, Texas

By Ted Kamel on Jan 26, 2021 9:07:30 AM

Welcome to the Azavar Family

More than ever, local governments need to make sure they’re getting what their due via existing taxes and fees. Azavar is excited to help Palmview with a thorough examination of its franchise fees and sales-tax receipts. Because when city finances are strong, cities are strong.

Topics: Sales Tax Texas franchise fee revenue review client news
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Another Great New Customer: Lafayette Consolidated Government

By Ted Kamel on Jan 18, 2021 8:24:14 AM

Lafayette Consolidated Government

We are incredibly excited to welcome the Lafayette Consolidated Government to the Azavar family of customer. This entity oversees administration of Lafayette Parish, the City of Lafayette, and select other areas through an intergovernmental agreement.

Topics: franchise fee client news Louisiana
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Welcome, Texarkana, Texas!

By Ted Kamel on Dec 21, 2020 10:29:48 AM

Securing and stabilizing revenue

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Texarkana, Texas on a whole host of revenue reviews.

Topics: Sales Tax revenue review client news hotel-motel tax short-term rental
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Welcome, Kingsville, Texas

By Ted Kamel on Dec 9, 2020 11:35:43 AM

We are very excited to welcome this southeast Texas community to our Azavar roster.

Azavar’s team of local-government analysts and experts will work with Kingsville’s finance team on a review of the city’s franchise fees and sales tax. Together, we’ll identify revenue Kingsville can use to support its growing community. 

Topics: Sales Tax Texas franchise fee revenue review client news