Let’s get back to the main point of this article: dollars spent versus value received.
Charleston, South Carolina, is an example of how government dollars spent is not necessarily a measure of value received. Several decades ago, Charleston had a high crime rate (I haven’t been able to locate the figures). When Reuben Greenberg became police chief in 1982, the police department spent less money on cars and more on shoe leather, roller skates, and bicycles. Other spending priorities changed, underscoring the point that spending doesn’t necessarily equal value. Charleston soon enjoyed the lowest crime rate of any city of comparable size in the United States. Charleston’s criminal court judges became as lonely as the Maytag repairman.