Dispute Resolution

Sometimes an agreement between governments no longer serves its original purpose and at least one party seeks to change the agreement. Fiscal Choice provides independent assessments of agreements based on industry practices, helping both parties take a critical view of current situations and address them more effectively. Some examples of our work include:

INTERPRETING AN AIRPORT LEASE

Our partners developed an opinion and legal strategy to help a large Northeastern city dispute the interpretation of an airport lease. The city was able to recover over $300 million because an arbitrator ruled that the tenant (a special purpose district) hadn’t followed the terms of the lease in calculating the rent it owed the city (the airport owner).

ASSESSING A UNION OFFER

We assessed the fairness of a union offer for jail staffing in a medium-sized Midwestern county.

RECONSTRUCTING BILLING RECORDS

In a legal case against a highway contractor, we reconstructed billing records to defeat charges of fraud.

ANALYZING A COST SHARING AGREEMENT

By analyzing the cost sharing agreement between a large Midwestern city and major airlines, we demonstrated that the city was being under-reimbursed for the services it was required to provide. The city increased its annual reimbursements by over 30% – over $25 million per year on a forward-going basis.

ANALYZING COST SHARING AND IMPROVING EFFICIENCY

A midsized Upper Midwest city and county shared the cost of an emergency call center. We tested the reasonableness of the cost sharing formula and found that the county wasn’t paying enough. However, we also developed a mathematical simulation of emergency calls, which led to changes that aligned staffing patterns and controlled expenses, thus reducing the costs for both the city and the county over time.