of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Jan 13, 2011
Trimming costs with creative
thinking in Goodyear
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Jan. 13, 2011) Victoria Scott and
Michelle Gammage work in the city of Goodyear's finance department, and over
the past year have gone above and beyond their typical job duties to find
creative ways to trim costs and cut expenses.
Rather than simply paying bills as they
come through the system, Ms. Scott put extra
time and energy into analyzing, researching and comparing how the city was
being billed and where savings could be garnered.
She found thousands of
dollars of savings this year on phone bills, damage waivers, and bulk fuel
purchases. Examples of how it was done:
analyzed the city's phone bills, noticed excise tax was being charged on many
of the lines, and had the phone company discontinue the practice, saving the
City approximately $300 per month (about $3,600 annually).
also noticed the phone company was charging the city different rates on some of
our many phone lines. She had the phone company change all the lines to the
lower amount ($20 vs. $30), saving the City more than $1,000 per month (another
two rental equipment suppliers? bills, Scott noticed a damage waiver was being
charged. She had the Risk Management division send proof of insurance to the
companies, saving the City $45 per month for a rented mobile office and more
than $600 on the two equipment invoices.
helped employees to find ways to minimize cell phone costs, after developing a
spreadsheet for cell phones, noting plans, charges and usage, ultimately saving
the city $1,200 per month, or $14,400 annually.
Goodyear's senior accountant, Ms. Gammage,
did a thorough analysis of property taxes owed by the city, including a history
of what has been paid on each parcel.
found overpayments for special district assessments, which reduced the city's
payments by $15,000 last year.
also found improperly classified city property, worked with the County Assessor
to reclassify it, saving $5,000 in 2010, and $12,000 in future tax years.
set up a procurement card rebate with Bank of America and monitors transactions
throughout the month, making sure bills are paid on time so the city actually
gets the rebate. By switching Goodyear over to the Arizona Public Sector Group,
the city also qualifies for higher rebate amount, totaling about $6,300 this year.