Ramsey Town Commissioners

Town Hall, Ramsey, Isle of Man, IM8 1RT - Tel: + 44 (0)1624 810100


Ramsey Town Commissioners set 2018/2019 Rate

After successfully delivering for Ramsey while maintaining an unaltered rate for five years, Ramsey Town Commissioners have voted for a 16p increase in the rate, bringing the rate to 364p in the pound for the 2018-2019 financial year -  a rise of 4.6% which will come into effect from 1st April 2018.

Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners Andy Cowie JP said: ‘We have maintained our rate at the same level since 2013, during which time the RPI rate of inflation has increased by over 20%.  Over that same period the Commission has had to assume a number of additional functions and charges, previously provided for by central government. 


‘These include the introduction and continued  increase of waste disposal charges,  street cleaning, gully emptying and weed removal.  The cost of providing these services, including the purchase of a street sweeper, are now rate-borne and have added considerable operating expense to the Commission.


‘In addition, the management of the Northern Civic Amenity Site at Balladoole has now transferred from the Department of Infrastructure to a committee comprising representatives of all the northern local authorities working in partnership and is operated by Ramsey Town Commissioners.


‘As has been well publicised Ramsey Town Commissioners are in the final stages of purchasing Ramsey Courthouse from the Isle of Man Government.  Once the purchase is completed, and subject to an expressions of interest exercise, there is strong potential for the Commission to benefit from rental income from the Courthouse.


‘Provision has also been made in 2018/2019 for the continued  investment and essential maintenance of the town’s amenities, including the provision of improved CCTV coverage around Market Square and West Quay, upgrading of street lighting on Jurby Road, replacement of a number of plant items which were no longer viable and the resurfacing of the popular play areas in the Mooragh Park.


‘Levying an increase in the rate was a decision that we came to only after careful consideration and detailed analysis of our budget and costs. Maintaining a prudent and considered position is, however, essential if we are to optimise our town’s potential and ensure Ramsey’s future financial resilience.’


A full rates statement will be issued in due course.