Finance and procurement

How smart technology helps local governments target tax fraud

Thu, 2015-01-08 01:00 -- Kevin Ebi

With budgets tight and tax hikes not an option, public agencies are trying a new funding source: collecting on taxes they’re already owed. One county recently uncovered nearly $10 million in lost property taxes. Find out how technologies from IBM, Oracle and others helps pinpoint tax fraud.

Are bank loans better than bonds for financing smart city projects?

Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00 -- Doug Cooley

You want to upgrade your wastewater treatment facility with smart technology. Federal funds cover only a small portion of the bill. Do you issue municipal bonds to finance the balance -- or get a bank loan? Many cities are breaking with the muni bond tradition and choosing the latter option. Find out why .

Dissecting ISO 37120: How debt, spending and tax collections add up in new smart city standard

Fri, 2014-08-15 23:00 -- SCC Staff

What does the new smart city standard say about a city's financial well-being? George Karayannis continues his deep dive on ISO 37120 with a look at the indicators that reflect a city's fiscal health. Don't miss this one.

How Hong Kong made mass transit profitable (could your city do the same?)

Wed, 2014-08-06 23:00 -- SCC Staff

With some creativity, Brian Cotton of Frost & Sullivan suggests the Hong Kong mass transit business model could serve as a template for cities that want to incent private sector investment in smart city infrastructure projects. It's an interesting approach; click for the details.