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The idea that a single rate is fair to all is not accurate and here are a few instances on when it is less than fair.
Example one: Joe lives in the country surrounding an urban area. He chose to live there because of the peace a quiet and really loves his home. Joe has a 30 mile drive to the urban area for work and entertainment. Pete lives in the Urban area and has a 10 mile drive. If the cost of 10 miles of road is $1M then Joe is getting a $2M subsidy from Pete to pave the additional 20 miles of road he needs in order to do the same things.
Example 2: Bob lives in a depressed area where a lot of crime exists, Bob has seen muggings on his street and there are frequent visits from the police. Mary lives in a part of the same town that has little crime and almost never sees a police presence in her neighborhood. Bob is receiving a subsidy from Mary for the additional police activity needed for his neighborhood.
So why should Pete and Mary pay the same as Bob and Joe?