How can local governments generate more revenue?
Catherine Geanuracos
September 16, 2022

How can local governments generate more revenue?

Does any local government ever have all the revenue they need? Take a look at the answer to this live poll conducted during the recent Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Conference by Monaca's Borough Manager Mario Leione, and you’ll see the answer....

Local governments, whether in thriving or struggling communities, big or small, can rarely fulfill all the needs of their constituents. Government team members are always trying to do more with less, and everyone agrees that more revenue could help. Some governments may try and create new sources of revenue, but one other option is to generate better compliance for fees that are already mandated.

For example, recent analysis has shown that between 66% and 80% of dogs aren't licensed! How much revenue is your local government missing out because simple applications, licenses, and fees just aren't being collected?

One of the easiest ways to generate more revenue for your community is to capture more of the funds you should already be receiving. Local governments have few enforcement resources, and unpermitted home renovations, unlicensed businesses, or missing alarm permits have real consequences for our communities.

One of the easiest ways to capture missing revenue is by creating an easy to use digital service - an online, mobile-responsive, available 24-7 permit or license application.

With ClearForms (formerly CityGrows), you can create an online option for a permit or license easily and at very low cost. Once our government clients begin putting permits and licenses with fees attached onto CityGrows, they often see 2-3x the number of completed permits - and that means 2-3x more revenue.

- Inyo County, CA saw its number of business licenses double with ClearForms

- Erie, PA saw a 30% increase in completed applications (and associated revenue)

Usually the growth our governments see in revenue very quickly exceeds the cost for ClearForms software - and every additional permit or license you add to ClearForms just means more revenue (without increased cost, because ClearForms charges a flat fee for unlimited users and workflows!).

ClearForms wants to help you generate more revenue, provide accessible service, and do it all while helping your staff help more people. Get started today or talk to our team to learn more.

Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine is the CEO and a Co-Founder of ClearForms. She's dedicated to supporting local governments and helping them improve outcomes for their residents and staff members. She is a former VP of the City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission and co-founder of LA's Code for America Brigade Hack for LA. She's based in Los Angeles.

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