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NEWS RELEASE

City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office

             

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:

 

·         Scott 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).

·         She 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 $12,000 annually).

·         On 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.

·         She 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.

 

·         Gammage found overpayments for special district assessments, which reduced the city's payments by $15,000 last year.

·         She 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. 

·         Gammage 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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