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Patrick Lawler

Co-founder of ZacTax

Appears in 22 Episodes

The kind of problem a city is

In this episode, Patrick and Chad look at the Scottie Scheffler arrest and subsequent dismissal of charges from the perspective of a city manager. What went wrong and ...

Liability Lane

In this episode, Pat and Chad talk about inflation remaining stubborn and how cities can/should better report their infrastructure liabilities.00:00 - on pets01:55 - o...

The world's most expensive bathroom

On this episode, we talk about:The world's most expensive bathroom, the regulations that led to it, and how can we be better in our own cities?Houston is broke, but wh...

The Doom Loop

In this episode, Chad and Pat debrief from the Utah City Managers Association conference and talk about differences in management cultures among these United States. W...

Amazon lockers, appraisal boards, and zoning reform

In this episode, we talk about:The sales tax implications of Amazon lockers and whether remote taxpayers should be subjected to detailed audits to verify that their ta...

The episode about nothing

Fresh off of Spring Break and without a lot of hard hitting topics to discuss, Pat and Chad bounce between friendly and city topics. 00:12 - Intro00:42 - Spring Break ...

The Great Reversals

In this episode, Pat and Chad talk about a couple of big reversals. First, March sales tax allocations in Texas appear to have unwound all of the audit adjustments fro...

The (audit) adjustment bureau

A major sales tax audit adjustment hit cities across the state of Texas in February. Chad and Patrick talk about the adjustment and some issues it highlighted. We foll...

The mo is slow

In this episode:(01:20) Sales tax momentum has been slowing for some time now. We dig in to the numbers and issue a red flag warning as cities head into mid-year budge...

The Gourmet Underwear

Pat and Chad are back for the first episode of 2024. After some throat-clearing chit chat, we discuss:What do you do when a local news report or social media post gain...

Retail sales and leases

In this episode, Patrick and Chad talk about softening retail sales figures and changes to the retail real estate landscape. We finish with a March Madness style Chris...

The Holiday Episode

On today's episode, Pat and Chad talk about the holidays, from retail sales forecasts to planning holiday events to the appropriate time to start decorating. And becau...

The Drive-Through

Newest TeamZac member Maria Skrut joins the show as we talk about a recent NY Times article on the future of drive-throughs. Where does the drive-through rank on the h...

The shrinking savings

Household savings skyrocketed during the pandemic. Now that they're falling back to Earth, will retail sales come down with them? What other headwinds might stand in t...

The Segue

Come for the best natural segue Patrick has ever managed... stick around for a discussion about the Texas Legislature's current struggles with property tax reform and ...

The formerly home-ruled 15-minute city

A bill in the Texas Legislature could have a chilling effect on the home-rule status of Texas cities; SB2's property tax reforms could have significant implications fo...

The Urban Vitality of Costco

Patrick and Chad discuss a proposed Costco/apartment complex in South LA, how multi-family can be better integrated into suburban areas, and give an update on the 2023...

The neighborly, the cloudy, the nice, and the naughty

Pat and Chad talk about the missing second-ring relationship, whether computers are taking over too much, and which city functions deserve to get a lump of coal in the...

The Bicycle

Pat and Chad are joined by Milford John-Williams for a wide ranging discussion about bicycle infrastructure (or in some cases, the lack thereof) and the many, many ele...

The "Why" (with bonus content!)

Chad and Patrick talk about California's recent spree of housing legislation and how (or if) it fits into the topic of local control; a recent Strong Towns podcast abo...

The staff meeting

Join us for a virtual TeamZac staff meeting as Chad and Patrick debate options for allocating sales tax revenue in our recently released neighborhood profitability cal...

The profitable city

Pat and Chad talk about what it means for cities to be profitable, and why it matters.

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