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Government often takes the rap for everything that’s cumbersome, wasteful and inefficient — and sometimes those criticisms are justified. But there are other occasions when government gets it right, and we should take note when it does.

Last week, pretty much the last of a $15 million of a Trails, Open Space and Parks bond issue was allocated for additional funding for soccer fields at the Bozeman Sports Park. The $15 million bond issue was passed by voters in 2012 — by a 3-to-1 margin, something almost unheard of for a ballot measure that imposes taxes on the voters who approve it. That set off a process that has unfolded in the ensuing five years.

Among the things that have been accomplished with this money:


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  • Michael Wright, managing editor
  • Bill Wilke, opinion page editor
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