Dingbatt: Why do I have to pay rates for an inner city rail loop I'll never use, or support an orchestra I never listen to, provide houses for people I don't know, subsidize public transport that doesn't service my part of the city or pay to make the front of your dwelling look nice when it isn't done in my part of the 'Super city'. We also have to pay for inorganic rubbish collection and have never had free swimming pools for kids that other parts of the metropolis have enjoyed.
It's part of being in one city. So maybe you need to suck it up, or buy some roundup and get rid of the problem once and for all.
Paying for something you don't use is totally different from being expected to maintain property that isn't yours.
Imagine if the council said
"We find that mowing the grass on [large council owned park] is far too expensive, so now the ratepayers are going to have to do it themselves. They will need to work out some sort of roster. Mowing their berms sets the precedent for people to chip in and maintain council owned property.
Furthermore, since people are maintaining their berms, they are now required to maintain the footpaths outside their house. If there are any cracks or dips that are trip hazards, the person living in the house next to that footpath now has to fix it at their own cost. After all, the footpath is closer to their house so if the berm falls under their responsibility, then logically the footpath does too.
Anybody who complains about these two simple things simply needs to suck it up"