The City & County (& Feds) should adopt ZERO BASED BUDGETING where EVERY line item is justified each year. Taking last year's budget and adding or deleting (hah!) items leads to significant waste. Justify each and every expenditure every year.
Use the metric of "Is this expenditure so important that it merits taking money from our taxpayers that could otherwise be used by those individuals and families for their own expenses as they choose?" Also, consolidate "targeted funds" when calculating the level of expenditures. People like to squirrel away funds that just sit and could otherwise be used efficiently in other parts of the budget.
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