DALLAS -- Cities in Texas and other states need to reduce disparities between the central metropolitan area and the suburbs, contain urban sprawl, and revise outdated tax structures to and revise outdated tax structures to remain competitive in a global economy, a former city manager of Austin, Tex., said last week.

"The recent interest in reinventing local government is not a fad," Camille Cates Barnett said during a speech to the Southern Municipal Finance Society in Dallas. "Unless we change how we govern, we will not be competitive in a global economy."

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