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Using our rates to fund things we don't need

I had an annually recurring nightmare again last night. I, as a youngster, had my pocket money and was trotting happily along the street when I was set upon by a gang of ruffians. One of them put his hand in my pocket and took all my money before buying themselves and their friends sweets.

This morning, my Tax Coding Notification and Rates demands came. Now, I don't mind paying my way, but it annoys me to pay for things I neither need nor want, just because someone else has decided their vanity project 'deserves' funding.

Examples include sports stadia, tourist facilities and the like. Why can't government just provide essential services and let people decide for themselves whether to contribute to anything else?

Bob Stephens

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