Providing public goods is the key task of the public sector; however, maintaining all of these services can put a considerable strain on budgets. As taxes are the main source of funding in the public sector, it is easy for other potential income streams to be overlooked. Numerous opportunities exist for generating additional revenue that could ease the burden on the taxpayer and lead to more efficient and sustainable public services.
Although municipalities, regional and central governments face similar challenges in terms of how to maintain a financeable public sector in a perpetually cash-strapped environment, many public sector assets are still not being used to their fullest. In this context, any avenue that could potentially help provide better public services needs to be properly explored according to the principles of financial viability, fairness, and transparency.
Simon-Kucher supports the public sector in ensuring sustainable revenue optimization and successfully managing services in line with public and citizen interests. Our revenue and strategy experts help unlock the untapped potential of government assets for the purpose of strategic revenue management. A fair distribution of costs between taxpayers and users and a nudge toward more self-sustaining or cross-subsidizing systems can strengthen the public sector. Several measures can be taken to ensure public services remain available and accessible; these include identifying viable commercial assets, determining their utilization as revenue sources, and optimizing income from fees and dues, going beyond pure profit maximization to be based on a fair distribution of costs ensuring accessibility and availability of public goods.
In addition to direct means of revenue generation, Simon-Kucher has extensive project expertise and has collaborated closely with a wide range of public services, such as: