Ramsey Town Commissioners have set the rate for the 2021-22 financial year at 415p, an increase of just under 1 per cent over the 2020-21 financial year. The new rate will represent an increase of approximately 9.5p per week for a typical three-bedroom property within the town.
The new rate shows the Commission’s commitment to maintaining a viable and sustainable financial plan while continuing to invest in the Town and meeting increased costs. The most significant of which include higher waste disposal charges at the Energy from Waste Plant as well as the Ramsey Town Commission’s contribution to the operation of the Northern Civic Amenity Site.
The Commission will continue a program of improvement of its assets, services and amenities. Notably, in the forthcoming year we have budgeted for improvements to the area around the water feature in the award winning Moorgah Park, further enhancements to the lighting in the town centre, necessary fleet updates and the continuing upgrade to low-carbon heating in a number of our properties.
In addition to the day-to-day business of the town we will continue to support events which bring welcome footfall to the retail sector. This year we plan to stage Ramsey Rocks as part of Ramsey National week, a community fun day in the Mooragh Park and the incredibly popular firework display on November 5th.
Please note that this small change will not affect the water and sewerage charges within the overall rates assessment for a property.
Ramsey Town Commissioners’ chairman Andy Cowie commented:
“In an unusual year we have still managed to provide a broad range of events, meet all our operational targets and make a number of improvements to our assets, particularly with a focus on environmental benefits, whilst keeping within our budgets. This was achieved with careful management of our costs and the support of our team and we aim to continue this prudent financial management whilst maintaining the high level of service we strive for.
We continue to face increasing costs particularly from waste and inflationary impacts and have a number of improvement projects which need to be progressed to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of the town in the future, despite these pressures, a below-inflationary rise on the town rate has been determined.
The Commission recognises the hardship and uncertainty being experienced by ratepayers as we all continue to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and we were humbled by the way our whole community has worked together during this challenging time. We look forward to a return to more normality in the coming months.”