Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

By Martin Thouvenell

We often hear that government should operate as businesses do — an over-simplification that nonetheless merits consideration as the city of Upland tries to reverse years of financial struggles.

The problem is pretty basic — revenue streams failing to keep pace with the rising cost of providing essential services.

A smart business person would look at this and develop strategies to raise revenues while controlling expenses in a thoughtful, measured way, knowing you can’t cut your way to salvation. Doing one without the other doesn’t fix the problem; it only sidesteps it — delaying difficult, but critical, business decisions, often until it’s too late.

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