The study measured cities' expenditures on law enforcement, education, and parks and recreation. Nine other Texas cities made the top 50, though Houston was the highest-ranking Lone Star representative.
"Ideally, this analysis would account for a city’s spending efficiency on public transportation, infrastructure and health, in addition to the categories included in this report. “Parks & Recreation ROI” also would include parkland quality. However, data for these metrics were not available and therefore excluded from our analysis. Although such limitations exist, efficient spending in the key areas accounted for in this report is a strong indicator for the level of efficiency in other expenditure categories."Last summer, the city approved yet another multibillion-dollar spending plan for infrastructure. With that hefty wad of cash taken out of the equation, however, the city suddenly starts to look pretty darned thrifty!