Local authorities – alongside government in general – seem to be able to work to a different economic model from the rest of us. They can charge for "services", such as public transport, which they then don't supply, or for which they make extremely poor provision, having siphoned off the funds for other enterprises.
Having thus milked the accounts, they can then charge even more money to, on the promise that the money will be used to "improve" the services that they should have already been supplying but have not.View full article here
This is really just an illustration of what you have previously said about Council's using stealth taxes to raise revenue. From a political point of view the Council tax is a bad idea. If falls on a majority of the population, who night be inclined to vote you out at the next election if it's getting too burdensome. The joy of this tax from the point of view of the Council is it will largely fall on people who can't do anything about it at the ballot box, as they live outside of the area, hence their need to commute by car. I believe Bristol is looking at using the same wheeze, to finance some public transport scheme or other. Similarly with raising other charges, not everyone pays them, hence much smaller political risk. I predict by the end of the decade it will be unusual not to have pay to park at work.