What we do for our clients.
Inadequate revenue streams, competing demands and staffing challenges make it hard for local agencies to provide all the services and infrastructure their citizens desire. That’s where our decades of hands-on experience in the feasibility, design, formation and, importantly, ongoing administration of SFDs, becomes invaluable. SFDs include benefit assessments, special taxes and other property-related fees and charges.
Municipalities require stable funding, and a wide range of fees are necessary. That’s where we come in. A User Fee Study identifies the “estimated and reasonable” costs of providing governmental services or infrastructure, and implements fee amounts in line with laws and local policies. Cost Allocation Plans allocate an agency’s overhead costs to the programs, services and activities provided to the public.
Defensible rates that support forward-looking strategic and financial plans are more critical now than ever. We provide the necessary leadership to guide you through the rate-setting process, from performing analyses to educating stakeholders. Our goal is to ensure that your rates, fees and financial plans meet your utility’s goals and objectives.
New development requires local agencies to consider their revenue options for desired services and infrastructure. We can help, with a Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA) that calculates the fiscal impacts on local services as a result of important land use and other policy decisions. Revenue tools such as Development Impact Fees provide for infrastructure, and SFDs can be implemented to help offset ongoing service impacts.
As communication is paramount, the NBS team developed CivicMic. The focus is on providing collaborative governance services including outreach, public engagement, and adaptive management, bringing citizen voices into the governance process. Using social media and other engagement activities, we aim to engage residents of diverse backgrounds for unique perspectives.
Our clients include agencies of every type and size, from the smallest special-purpose districts to the largest of full-service cities. We also work with municipalities, counties and parishes, states and state agencies, as well as education and school districts. Our ultimate goal is to make our clients look good in front of their constituents.
From creating guidebooks and primers to helping navigate the laws, codes, and regulations affecting local governments to sponsoring workshops and speaking engagements, we lead the way in industry expertise. Our team members are often asked to speak at trade events and serve as expert witnesses.
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NBS is a 100% employee-owned firm, operating as an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).
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