Charles Marohn contemplates Brainerd, Minnesota, recognizing that taxing its way to a state of good repair isn't likely to happen.
We're not meant to have big guns, we're not meant to have big budgets, unless they are the outcome of many small, difficult steps. When we skip the hard part -- when we attempt to theoretically engineer the right outcome from the top down without the necessary (yet painful) intermediary feedback in all the steps along the way -- we blow ourselves up.

Regardless of what my city does -- hold taxes steady or increase them by 50% -- next year's budget will be a transaction of decline, an attempt to hold on, just a little while longer, to what we perceive that we have. To patch things together in a seemingly pragmatic way, doing difficult work in what many will say was the best that could be done given what we had to work with.
You mean it's not a matter of Wise Experts mandating that everything be done according to Consensus Best Practice?

Somebody tell the legions of pundits and strategic planners and all the other men, women, and whatever of system to look for new work.

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