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New Utility Rate Changes Could Mean Significant Savings for California Jurisdictions

A recent decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the delay in the New Time-of-Use rate structure for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) until March 2021. These new rates are based off changes to what are considered “peak” hours and were originally due to take effect November 1, 2020.

Due to the different implementation deadlines, PG&E are enabling customers the ability to “opt-in and opt-out” on either the old rate structure or under the new rate structure, from now until March 2021, on a meter by meter basis (one time).  This accommodation will provide government agencies with an opportunity (over the next 12 months) to strategically select rates for period of time on a meter by meter basis that could result in significant savings.

Avenu Insights & Analytics has partnered with Procure America (PA) to assist our California communities with better understanding the financial ramifications of the recent announcements related to the upcoming changes. In an upcoming webinar on April 23rd at 10am PST we will outline the steps you should be taking NOW to ensure your City, County, or Agency receives the greatest utility savings under the new plan.

We will be discussing:

  • Overview or Old vs. New Time-of-Use Rate Structure
  • Financial Implications of the delay in PG&E’s “New” Time-of-Use structure
  • PG&E online and customer service rate analysis
  • Approach to determine and deploy the most efficient rate structures
  • Timetable for “opting-in and opting-out” of the rate structures
  • Estimated savings based on your jurisdiction

Join our short 30 min presentation on April 23rd at 10am PST to learn more on this proposed rule change and the expense ramifications.

WEBINAR SERIES: New Clearview Property Tax Suite

Avenu recently revealed its release of Clearview Property Tax Suite tailored for State and Local Government Treasurers, Tax Collectors, Auditors and Assessors. The new product suite contains three stand-alone modules that work together or independently with any third-party system.

Avenu recently hosted a series of LIVE Web Series that highlight key features, demonstrate product functionality, and provide live walk-through of example scenarios. We hope the presentations below are helpful as we continue to innovate for the future!

 

  1. Clearview Valuation Analytics: Thursday, April 16 at 1:00pm cst

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  1. Clearview Property Tax Manager: Thursday, April 23 at 1:00pm cst

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  1. Clearview Valuation Manager: Thursday, April 30 at 1:00pm cst

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WEBINAR: Maximize the Power of Clearview Analytics

Clearview Analytics is our cutting edge software that helps local jurisdictions know the challenge of managing revenue volatility and its impact on budgeting. During these changing economic times, we are supporting our clients to answer their questions, help them better understand the software, and make sure they are prepared for the challenges ahead. This webinar was offered to existing clients who utilize the software. If you are interested in learning more about the product, feel free to reach out to our team!

During the demo, you will learn how to understand and anticipate revenue changes for your jurisdiction. Specifically, the demo covers ways to see how your City is performing by viewing your:

  • Economic Overview
  • Top Taxpayers
  • City vs. State Performance
  • Budget Comparison
  • Month to Month Budget Change
  • Monthly City Audits
  • Non-Taxpayers

Irene Reynolds brings her years of experience in the company to helping our clients better prepare for the future.

 

California’s Legislative Response to COVID-19

Governor Orders Californians to Stay Home Except for Essential Needs. Just prior to sending this update, Governor Gavin Newsom made a major announcement that he was issuing a statewide Executive Order requiring all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The governor’s order will impact over 40 million residents and is deemed essential to protect public health, establish consistency across the state, and “bend the curve” to disrupt the spread of the virus. The order goes into effect tonight, March 19, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.

Legislature Approves Emergency Legislation Before Recessing Until April 13. The Legislature met on Monday, March 16 to pass emergency legislation related to COVID-19, SB 89 and SB 117, as well as adopt ACR 189. Both SB 89 and SB 117 were passed by the Legislature unanimously and have now been signed by the governor and chaptered into law. ACR 189 recessed the Legislature until April 13 and allows either house to recall itself from recess or allows the two houses to extend the recess if necessary.

During this evolving and unprecedented crisis, we recognize the overabundance of information being disseminated and attempted to capture information of relevance to cities and counties. We will do our best to provide regular updates as new information is available and encourage you to please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Government Relations Contact Fran.Mancia@AvenuInsights.com/559.288.7296

Read the Full California COVID Update Here.

California Legislative Update March 13, 2020

The deadline to introduce bills was February 21. Prior to the deadline, we saw 1,450 new bills introduced between the two houses during the week February 17, with 1,120 bills introduced during the final two days prior to the deadline, bringing the total number of active bills to 2,203.

Avenu is currently monitoring more than 40 bills that seek to modify existing local taxes and impose new fees. Please note that this report is in no way complete. We will continue to update this list as new information emerges.

Read the Full Legislative Update Here.

Document Preservation: A Window into the Relationship of Two Presidents

As America races towards its 250th birthday, there are numerous challenges to preserving records from the very beginning of our nation. One of the main challenges is deterioration that occurs over time from usage, sunlight, oxidation, mold and improper storage. Many early records are handwritten, requiring transcription services. Insufficient storage and the cost of archiving paper records is another growing issue. Cities and counties across the country are taking action to preserve their history.

Over the last 40 years, Avenu’s Digital Processing Services team has partnered with jurisdictions to preserve records (historic, governance, vital, land, financial, and administrative) and make them available for generations to come. Billions of documents and images have been digitized and transcribed by our experts, securing them from wear and tear, accidents, and natural disasters, while enabling the public to easily search and access them.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we wanted to look at a previous preservation project involving a historic record with two past presidents. Let us set the stage with a brief history lesson.

For nearly 200 years, John Adams (2nd President) and John Quincy Adams (6th President) were the only father-son pair to serve as Presidents. In 1800, John Adams lost his presidential reelection campaign to Thomas Jefferson, and in 1802, John Quincy Adams was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. In 1803, during the first year of John Quincy Adam’s term in the U.S. Senate, John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams, sold over 320 acres to their son.

Avenu partnered with Norfolk County, MA to transcribe and digitize 871 books. Included in this project was the four-page deed of sale for this property. The deed details thirteen different lots owned by John Adams that were purchased for $12,812. It provides a detailed account of how John Adams acquired different lots, structures on the property, various uses of the land, geographic boundaries, and the names of individuals who owned neighboring property.

All of this property he attests “are free of all encumbrances… that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said John Quincy Adams, & that I will warrant and defend the same to the said John Quincy Adams and his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.”

The document is also noteworthy because both John and Abigail Adams signed and sealed the document as the property transferred included property from Abigail’s dowry. This deed along with numerous historic documents from Norfolk County can be viewed online.

Avenu takes great pride in using our technology and experienced team to preserve records for future generations. Each document preserved provides a detailed account of the individuals, land, and events that occurred throughout the history of our nation.

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Avenu also digitized Plymouth County, Massacheusetts’ historical records in advance of the 400 anniversary of Plymouth Colony.

CASE STUDY: The Future of Jury Selection

How the Norfolk Circuit Court Increased its Jury Response Rate from 36% to 80%.

Low jury response rates can be a drag on court operations and the administration of justice: cancelled trials; wasted time and money; frustrated judges, lawyers, parties, and witnesses.
These low jury response rates also punish the members of the public who do show up to meet their civic responsibilities. These responsible citizens often serve more frequently because of the citizens who simply shirk from their civic duties.

The citizens who do respond to a jury duty summons are not always reflective of the population leading to jury pools that do not accurately represent the demographics of the community.

The Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk, Virginia faced all of these problems in 2015. And they were not getting any better.

Clerk of Court George Schaefer summarizes the Court’s experience in improving the jury response rate in this way:  “We’ve improved our jury response rate from a low of 36% to around 80%. Are we where we want to be? No, not yet. But through a lot of concerted effort and a software program that allows us to do what we need to do, we’re so much better off than we used to be. We’re quite pleased.”

Norfolk, Virginia

What Can Additional Revenue Do for Your Jurisdiction?

Jurisdictions face ever increasing demands for services from the community. Whether it is additional police officers, teachers, mental health services, new schools, or other local demands, funding these priorities is a challenge. Avenu’s Discovery Recovery program supports localities in generating additional revenue without raising taxes. Our budget-neutral approach means no fees are charged until we discover and recover revenue for your local government.

Most cities and counties lack the resources and tools to identify non-compliant citizens and businesses, yet they require the tax and fee revenue more than ever to pay for essential programs and services.

Partnering with a firm that leverages data and analytics to identify areas on noncompliance can help local jurisdictions discover and recover uncollected revenue.

Discovery & Recovery: Finding Uncollected Revenue walks your jurisdiction through our proven three-step process to help recover additional revenue. We also share recent case study examples from some of our successful customer experiences. Examples include:

  • Garden City, GA, generated more than $72,000 in unexpected revenue.
  • Vestavia Hills, AL, recovered nearly $1.67 million in lost revenue.
  • Richmond, CA, collected more than $2.2 million in new revenue with an expected $360,000 in ongoing annual additional revenue.

Learn how your jurisdiction can discover additional revenue without raising taxes and provide additional services for the community.

Contact us today for a complimentary review to learn how much revenue your jurisdiction is missing.

Avenu Makes GovTech 100 List for the Second Year in a Row

For the second consecutive year, Avenu Insights & Analytics was recognized on the GovTech 100 list.

The GovTech 100 is an annual list compiled and published by Government Technology as a compendium of 100 companies focused on, making a difference in, and selling to state and local government agencies across the United States. Describing the companies listed this year, GovTech stated, “In 2020, the gov tech market brought bigger deals, more investment, new companies and many fresh new innovations that moved the needle in the public sector.”

Avenu is dedicated to providing cutting edge technology to help increase government efficiency and enhance revenue for jurisdictions. Avenu serves communities by discovering and administering revenue for cities, managing records and information technology functions for counties, and overseeing unclaimed property requirements for states.

Check out the full GovTech 100 list, and let us know how we can be of assistance to you!

Avenu Insights & Analytics Announces Lara Oerter New Chief Operating Officer

CENTREVILLE, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Avenu Insights & Analytics (Avenu), the leading provider in State and Local government solutions, announced the appointment of Lara M. Oerter as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Lara will have responsibility for company-wide operations, including product development and solution delivery. She will be based at the company’s headquarters in Centreville, Virginia.

“Lara brings a wealth of operational, financial and product development experience in both early stage and mid-sized companies. She has an impressive track record of success in growing organizations which aligns with Avenu’s goals of continuing to serve and grow our client base,” said Paul Colangelo, Avenu CEO.

Ms. Oerter brings over 15 years of executive leadership and experience, serving most recently as COO for PrecisionHawk and Senior Vice President with Blackboard. Ms. Oerter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Economics from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

When asked about her transition to Avenu, Ms. Oerter stated, “I am excited to take on this role and look forward to partnering with our talented leadership team to deliver on our 2020 vision, focus on our customers, and support our growth across the company. My experience working with K-12 and Higher Education organizations has prepared me well for working with Avenu’s state and local government customers.”

About Avenu Insights & Analytics

Over 3,000 State and Local governments have partnered with Avenu to boost revenue, optimize operations, and deepen community trust. Avenu provides revenue enhancement and administrative solutions that uncover new sources of untapped revenue and deliver software that streamlines day-to-day operations. State and local governments partner with Avenu to increase revenue without raising taxes, streamline internal operations, and improve services by enhancing connectivity for constituents. Avenu is a portfolio company of Mill Point Capital. To learn more, visit www.avenuinsights.com.

About Mill Point Capital

Mill Point Capital is a middle-market private equity firm focused on control-oriented investments in the business services and industrial sectors. The firm works with executive partners to leverage its investment professionals’ experience, while providing strategic and operational guidance designed to drive long-term value creation in its portfolio companies. Mill Point is based in New York.

Contacts

Corinne Aycock, Avenu Marketing Manager, (703) 863-1366