QUINCY -- A tax audit firm has been hired to review utility franchise fees, taxes, sales taxes and use taxes for the city.
Azavar Government Solutions only will be paid from any new revenue found as a result of the audit. Azavar will retain 45 percent of any new collections or settlements for the first three years after the audit is completed.
City Treasurer Linda Moore said Springfield, Ill., hired Azavar, found franchise fees collected by Comcast and never paid to the city. A negotiated settlement brought in $980,000.
"We could find something substantial. We could find zero. The advantage of using them is that it doesn't cost us a penny until they find money," Moore said.
Quincy will provide its address list to Azavar, which will then compare it to records from tax and fee collections and the Illinois Department of Revenue records.
Aldermen discussed the tax audit during Finance Committee meetings, which endorsed the contract with Azavar.
The low quote of $4,083.45 for an annual software maintenance agreement with SHI was approved by the City Council. Information Technologies Director Jim Murphy said the software makes it possible for the city to operate with fewer computer servers. He told aldermen the annual agreement saves the city money.
In other action:
º Aldermen agreed to draft an ordinance in concurrence with the Plan Commission's endorsement of a beer garden on the south side of Leroy's Hideout, at 652 Payson Avenue.
º A small tract also won approval at 203 Morton Drive, where one lot is being divided into two.