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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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New Customer Alert: Calumet Park, Illinois

By Tom Fagan on Feb 18, 2021 9:47:27 AM

We’re excited to help

At Azavar, we always encourage communities to take a keen eye to its revenue receipts. Whether you’re talking about hotel-motel or sales taxes, franchise or short-term rental fees, it’s important to do stay on top of what’s coming into your community coffers. But it’s so hard for finance teams to find the time and resources to conduct in-depth revenue reviews.

That’s why we’re excited to partner with Calumet Park, Illinois to review this city’s hotel-motel taxes. 

Topics: local government revenue review client news Illinois
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Black History Spotlight: Harold Washington

By Shylo Bisnett on Feb 11, 2021 12:46:15 PM

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.

Chicago's First Black Mayor
Harold Washington
(1922-1987)

Harold Washington was Chicago’s 51st mayor, but in 1983, became its first Black mayor. 

Topics: local leadership Illinois Black History Month
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Save On Municipal Utility Costs

By Shylo Bisnett on Jan 10, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Editor's Note, March 2021: We ran this piece a few months ago and we're hearing from many local leaders who are taking action based on these recommendations. Have you examined your utility payables yet? Our team of experts can help.

It’s time to scrutinize everything—receivables and payables

Many consumers have grown accustomed to frequently searching for better deals on utilities, from cable to electric to phone. But how often do municipalities do the same? However, local governments can experience significant savings from switching.

“Often, local leaders just don’t know how much they stand to save,” says Mordecai Benson, Azavar analyst. “But the results can be significant.”

Here are just a few of the ways Azavar has helped local governments reclaim real dollars on behalf of their residents:

Topics: Texas utility costs local budgets Illinois payables