It's tough to aquire proof of their financial decisions when their books aren't open for all to see. So we're left to ask, why would Watchtower do what it does? For most of us, leads us to speculate the answer must be power or money. If there is any real proof that could hold up in court, that would be great.
Here is what we're left with since about 1988...
The reduction of District Convention days from 4 to 3
A special day assembly replaces on of the 2 day assemblies each year
Congregations that share the same Kingdom Hall building
The donation arrangement replaces the mandatory contribution for all literature (to avoid the complication of sales tax?)
The end of food service at all assemblies / conventions (avoid sales tax?)
Paperback books and Bibles replace hard cover books and leather bound Bibles
Awake printing goes from 24 issues per year to 12 issues
Fewer new books in recent years (I can remember years there was 2 new books for the JW home library)
Revelation Book studied again (Is it too soon to study the Creation book, Greatest Man, or Daniel book? Is there nothing else on the shelf to study?)
And now the new Watchtower Magazine arrangement (which again is an obvious cost savings measure)
So what are we to believe all these things have in common? Could it be money? Maybe? But who really knows for sure... One thing is certain, this isn't exactly how I imagined Jehovah speeding up the work when I was a JW.