The same situation occurred in my kid's school district.

The school budget is under pressure, so maintenance is not performed. The voters feel good because the school budget is minimized.

The school has no playground equipment, so the parents complain. The issue is there is no money. So the parents organize fund raising events, and gather enough money to buy a first-rate high-class swing set. The parents feel good, since they have made a positive contribution to the children. School management feels good because they received equipment they could not afford to purchase.

Time goes on, and a piece of equipment fails on the playground equipment. Since there is no money in the maintenance budget, the piece is removed.

After enough time, the playground equipment has no functioning pieces. The whole process is repeated, like an infinite loop.

In any case, everyone feels good about the situation.

Regards,

Kris