From town centre improvements to appointing officers to jobs which are utterly pointless and simply wouldn't exist in the private sector, the waste goes on.
And yesterday there was another classic case: the Somerset flood summit organised by South Somerset District Council.
"Someone has to ask what this event cost, what with the travelling expenses and the officer time devoted to it – and for what? Apparently so that people who have been affected and aggrieved by the catastrophic flooding on the Levels could have a chance to air their views."
I wrote these words last March and my views about the worth of the event have certainly been vindicated this winter: it has achieved nothing, certainly not in terms of alleviating flood risks or tackling the long-term solution that is now staring us all in the face: dredging the rivers.
In addition the Environment Agency, which would have turned up mob-handed for this pointless exercise in wasting money, has now been revealed as the culprit on whose head must be heaped all the blame for the flooding.
As if that weren't bad enough it now becomes clear that it has been taking money under false pretences for years, relieving drainage boards of millions of pounds for maintenance work but delivering nothing in return.
We have now reached the stage where there is no option for Somerset farmers but to by-pass the agency completely, take over river maintenance and flood management themselves, save the taxpayers money and save those living on the Levels from a repeat of the misery next winter – because unless a major dredging operation gets under way, and gets under way rapidly, that is clearly in prospect.
We need an interest-free government loan to invest in machinery and pay the operators and this can be paid back over ten years by way of the money we would otherwise be paying to the Environment Agency by way of precept.
There is a massive backlog to be tackled but this must, equally, be treated as a matter of urgency.
I don't want to hear any nonsense from the Environment Agency of the "risks" of spreading potentially "contaminated" silt on fields.
The huge tonnages it has allowed to build up while pocketing the money to clear it have to be shifted because now there is even less room for manoeuvre than there was a year ago.
Unless the rivers are cleared now they will be even more silted up if there is further heavy rain next winter and the damage will be even greater.
This has to be the way forward.
We have to put the Levels back under the control of people who know what they are doing, know what needs to be done and who have a vested interest in doing it properly.
We've heard and seen enough of the Environment Agency's "experts" their efforts have contributed to the biggest mess the Levels have experienced in decades.
Now it's time for the real experts to take over.