What do you really get for your money?
public transportation (planes, trains, buses)
sanding, salting, plowing
The list continues.
Is every cent spent wisely? No. I'd prefer we didn't hand out subsidies to the companies holding our cities hostage by threatening job loss. Instead, we should subsidize the companies that make sectoral, historical, and labor-force sense.
But it seems there is very little waste, comparatively speaking. We sure do get quite the bang for our buck through taxation for public service provision.