We need to make and express the connections between public goods [noted examples are infrastructure and education] and healthy communities. We need to revive traditional means of funding services and develop new broad-based funding sources that do not damage the economy. Instead of fighting a war on taxes, we need to embrace our responsibility to fund public goods. It is not like the current situation is saving us money. We are funding services through user fees and partnerships in an inefficient, ineffective, and unfair manner—the opposing goals of public administration. By relying on stable broad-based taxes, we can declare our fiscal independence and provide the public goods needed for sustainable communities.