A story in today's BFP urges you to vote to say whether you would like to 'pay more tax for better services'. Although I argued unsuccessfully for a telephone poll if such an exercise were to be conducted at all, now that it's official I too urge you all to vote.
My fear however is twofold. Firstly, that Mr & Mrs Average will not bother to reply, thus leaving the 'decision' to a minority. A telephone poll of 1,000 residents, demographically representative, would have cost little if any more than the postal vote and be as statistically sound as all the national opinion polls we read about every week.
Secondly, I am concerned that the electorate should think that doubling the element of their council tax that goes to the council (currently £13.84) might produce 'street wardens, CCTV, improved bus services and support for local art projects' or 'day centres or additional PCSOs.'
Doubling the current tax would produce less than £200,000 a year. It won't go that far, especially after the inevitable mounting adminstrative back-up needed to run new services.