Some of the increases can be figured out The number of firemen doubled, for instance, but in 1970 we had a large number of volunteers. Those guys have gradually dropped out and paid firemen replaced them.
But, again in inflation adjusted dollars, we were spending $5,000 per student in 1970 and $18,000 today. I was one of those $5,000 bargain students and my kids enjoyed the $18,000. So far as I can tell, I received a better education. So what’s that about?
Etc. Obviously, pension and health care expenses are way up over the past 40 years, but I’d bet there’s some room in our budget to cut some items. The new high school auditorium comes to mind.