@rlaszlo suggested and gave permission to start a thread on his thoughts on imposing cost restrictions for future seasons (beyond 2022-23). The major rational would be that there are probably few real world engineering problems that operate on a unrestricted budget and it would provide a more level playing field. If not for the entire robot, perhaps just for specific parts like motors. Of course, the fair and practical enforcement of such a restriction is where the issues arrive.
If the rules doesn’t outright constrain costs, another approach could be to ask the international judges to take how the team budgeted their designs into consideration for judged awards.
Please feel free to post your thoughts in this thread on whether or not cost restriction/budget considerations should be made and if so, how could it be done. Also, there were a few teams asking about what parts to use to get started - this may be a good opportunity for anyone to share a bill of materials with costs so new teams can get an idea for what to budget.