I used to live in a distant location, I do not remember having to dodge potholes in the streets, nor having to walk in the street or road because there were no sidewalks or shoulders. I don’t remember seeing so much trash, bottles, cans, plastic items, papers and other disgusting items.
All areas had streets and roads wide enough for parking on both sides. The streets had curbs, gutters and sidewalks and still wide enough for two cars to meet and pass. Public Works kept the sewers, storm drains and streets clean and in good repair. If there were water leaks or pipe breaks the utility company had sufficient valves to shut off the water in short order, and looped systems kept supply interruptions to a minimum.
Where I went to school, no one had to buy school supplies for public elementary schools, unless you wanted something special. In high school you had to buy your own gym clothes and shoes and keep them clean. Books were furnished and minimal paper, but you did need to purchase note books, binders and such. There was financial help for those who needed it.
This was done with gasoline taxes, and without excessive property taxes.
There are people here with experience in designing, constructing, maintaining and inspecting the infrastructure, if you don’t use political appointees. Also, there are individuals that can teach and educate without excessive layers of supervision.
Where does the money go? Where are the good guys?