I don’t know what the best answer is for generating revenue for infrastructure improvements in the city of Springfield. However, the inane and endless calls for “cutting waste” you hear from the uninformed is never followed through with any realistic or truly problem-solving suggestions by its advocates.
What “waste” exactly is the city to cut to pay for this? And it’s not like the city can pull a George W. Bush and fund prohibitively expensive projects (Iraq) buy simply running up the deficit. When really, really pressed, some Cut-Wasters will mention some minor program or public officials salary that won’t come even close to making up the difference. Or sometimes they will propose getting rid of some major and popular program that won’t ever be eliminated because it is popular. “Cut Waste!” proponents need to put up or shut up by presenting realistic and financially credible alternatives that won’t create as many problems as it will allegedly solve. While I'm sure there are some minor "waste" items we could mostly all agree on, they aren't going to add up to much.
Also absent from this debate seems to be those who are willing to say, “Let’s not do this at all.” I think everyone is in favor of, and sees the need for, infrastructure improvements in the city. Simply bitching about the cost is not helpful.