So how come the municipal government keeps finding so much to spend?
Houston's new motto: Yes, our roads suck, we are cutting back on police service and our librarians are now part-time but hey, check out our new underpass eh? (Of course, to do so means riding our toy train, and we REALLY, REALLY need you to ride our toy train dammit.)
Remember: All politics is about buying votes. If you don't think you're strong in a certain community, just re-work the budget to ensure they get something. I think they probably teach that in Poli Sci 201. (101 is now exclusively dedicated to reading teleprompters we hear)