Source: Mark A. Glaser, Misty R. Bruckner, and Corinne Bannon, Government Finance Review, Vol.l 26 no. 5, October 2010
Communities throughout the United States are facing difficult choices. The point of encouraging citizen engagement is to encourage participants – both governments and individuals – to examine their values, priorities, and the inconsistencies between their actions and sustainable communities. When citizens are forced to face difficult public decisions in the same way as public officials do, values and priorities are more likely to crystallize in ways that illuminate the public interest and make communities more sustainable. Citizens need to recognize that public decisions increasingly boil down to some combination of willingness to pay increased taxes, to work with government to improve communities, or to disinvest in ways that are mindful of sustainable communities.