Sometimes the mindset behind taxation with representation is alive and well:
You know what spending cap the folks in Woodruff used in 2002 when they discovered their local government was in financial peril? The ballot box. And those council members they couldn’t get to in 2002, they finished off in 2004.
If we taxpayers were smart enough to exercise the ballot-box option more often and more consistently, maybe the politicians would get the message that we want control over more of our money.