The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies’ Municipal Performance Report compares the efficiency of cities, towns and villages on a level playing field. Some of the towns and villages come out on top – and among
The report card backs up what
Perhaps council could take lessons from the leaders of smaller jurisdictions. According to
These jurisdictions have learned it’s possible to deliver effective services while living within one’s means.
The high cost
That’s not a refrain heard as often in smaller centres, where limited budgets pressure councils to deliver real value for money.
The leaders of a municipality with 900 residents can’t fly by the seat of their pants. They can’t borrow the money to build oversized public structures. They need to plan for every major improvement and budget precisely for every priority.
Taxpayers don’t care whether you’re the biggest. They want services that get the job done, at a price they can afford.