They can do what my wife and I did and scale back. Instead of Netflix, we get movies from the library. We clip coupons and watch for sales. We restrict drives to things that are really needed and are decluttering by selling off unneeded CDs and DVDs. Make a budget. Stick to it. Put loose change into a jar. We're living comfortably on not that much money in one of the most expensive counties in the state (with the second-highest sales tax at 8.75%)
People want the government solvent, they want their parks and smooth roads and water and sewage and the phone to get picked up when they dial 911, but nobody wants to pay for it. Well, if you want a functional government, it costs money, and we are the ones who pay for the services.
You may have noticed that along with increases in the tax rate Brown has also been slashing waste and programs left and right. You're right, we are in a crisis, and getting out of it is going to hurt everyone. Nobody is going to escape the pinch. It is what is necessary.