Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 29-01-2014

No increase in rates

by Joanne Clague

No increase in rates - picture

Ramsey residents have been spared an increase in the town rate, with the local authority stating it did not want to add to pressures on household budgets.
There will be a public meeting of Ramsey Commissioners on February 19, starting at 7pm, when a full statement will be
In the meantime, the commissioners' lead member for finance, Richard Radcliffe said that in keeping the rate unchanged the
commissioners had been 'mindful of the prevailing challenging economic climate and pressures on households' budgets, to
which end the Commission had resolved to make prudent use of reserves to avoid any undue burden on the ratepayer'.
The local authority says the unchanged rate of 348p will absorb the impact of phased increases in waste levy charges
imposed by the Department of Infrastructure on local authorities since April last year, and the increased contribution
towards the operating costs of the Northern District civic amenity site.

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