Franchise Fees: Download the Webinar

Download our recent webinar by Avenu’s Jonathan Gerth, Esq. on how you can get more funding from the franchise fees you collect from utility providers. Jonathan will cover how you can increase compliance with an ordinance review, pending legal challenges that can work in your favor, and how some fees don’t get included in your payments but should.

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Avenu Supports Alabama Municipalities Conference

Avenu (formerly known as Revenue Discovery Services/RDS in Alabama) is sponsoring the 2018 Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Conference, May 19-22 in Montgomery.

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Avenu Expands Team in Alabama

Avenu has welcomed Audrey Freeman to the team as the company’s newest Client Executive. In her new role, Audrey will work directly with government leaders to grow and maximize local revenue for cities and counties in northern Alabama. With prior roles in governmental technology solutions, Audrey has a history of developing and maintaining strong client relationships. She brings a knowledge of the region as well as impactful consulting skills that will allow her to assist local governments in maximizing their revenue base.

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What We Heard Onsite at U.S. Supreme Court During Oral Arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

You are probably reading a lot about this landmark sales tax case. And, your staff and stakeholders are probably asking a lot of questions about what it means to state and local governments.

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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Online Sales Tax Case Tomorrow

On April 17 the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear arguments in a case that can have a major impact on local government revenues. A decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. could boost sales tax revenue from online transactions in some states.

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See You in Austin at GFOAT!

If you are attending next week’s meeting of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) Spring Institute, you’re in good company! We’ll see you there April 15-17.

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Cyber Security Threats Abound in Public Sector

Over the past two years, hackers have attacked local government agencies more than 184 times, disabling systems for hours and sometimes days.

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Growth in Vegas Tax Revenue Mirrors National Trends

Hotel taxes are heading upward in Las Vegas partly due to the large turnout for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. This aligns with the expected growth in hotel usage across the U.S. (Deloitte research projects $170 billion in gross bookings this year). That’s a lot of hotel tax to cities and counties—as long as it’s found and collected.

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A Good Problem to Have: Growth Means Staying on Top of Tax Revenue

Wood County, West Virginia offers an example of how hotel tax revenue can fluctuate based on the performance of other industries. Thanks to a booming oil and gas industry the local government received more than $480,000 in 2017 and in the process added 340 hotel rooms to its inventory.

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Join our March 29 Webinar on Correcting the Imbalance of Underpaid Lodging Taxes

Avenu’s March 29 webinar will offer a case study and methodology for U.S. cities and counties to increase the revenue they are owed from local lodging operators.

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