ICMA: Franchise Fees Are An Untapped Source of Local Government Revenue

International City/County Management Association has the details from Avenu’s Jonathan Gerth Esq. about ways that jurisdictions can find more revenue from franchise fees. See the full story here at ICMA.

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[Recorded Webinar] Franchise Fees: Download Here

View or 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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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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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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Jeff Kolin on City Preparation for Disaster

Retired city manager Jeff Kolin is an advisor to Avenu Insights & Analytics. Jeff lives in Santa Rosa, but like thousands of others, his home was destroyed by the wildfires of 2017. Jeff shares his personal insights and professional observations on the fires from his unique view as a public servant and fire survivor.

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Avenu’s Doug Jensen Spotlights Online Sales Tax Recovery

To keep providing critical services, cities and counties must recoup losses and collect new sales tax revenue from purchases made online. That was one of the key messages Avenu Senior Vice President Doug Jensen presented last month to the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee for the City of San Francisco, a community that’s home to many online and traditional brick and mortar retailers.

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