RAMSEY TOWN COMMISSIONERS SET RATE AT 495P FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2024-2025
Ramsey Town Commissioners have set the rate for the 2024-25 financial year at 495p. This is a 6% rise over the year 2023-24. The new rate will represent an increase of approximately 70p per week for a typical three-bedroom property within the town.
The 2024-25 rate reflects the pressures put upon the Commission by inflation, increased costs from the Energy from Waste Plant for refuse disposal and the continued requirement placed on the Commission to invest in its infrastructure for the present and the future of the town. This 2024-2025 rate includes a rate contribution of 6.1p for the Northern Swimming Pool thereby fulfilling our commitment under the Northern Swimming Pool Board Amendment Order.
The Commission will this year undertake a series of projects including:
- Continue with the vehicle replacement programme including that of a Refuse Collection Vehicle
- Continuation of the “invest to save” programme of replacing older street lights with LED lights to reduce energy consumption
- Installation of a grey water discharge drain at the Mooragh Camper Van area
- Installation of a recycling pod
- Continued programme of surveying trees owned by the Commission and associated works
- Further investment in decorative lighting
- Engaging a contractor to undertake certain tasks being proposed under the Government’s Highway Maintenance Charter
Robert Cowell, Lead Member for Finance and General Purposes, commented:
“After forensic scrutiny of all of our finances and bringing a pragmatic approach to what is achievable in 2024-2025 the Commission set about going through the long list of potential projects that we could deliver for Ramsey based on what is needed and indeed affordable. The Commission very much recognise that the cost of living crisis is still ongoing and we do not want to push people too far in this uncertain world we currently live in.
Whilst inflation is stabilising and we can hope that this time next year the macro economic climate may be more favourable to a more exciting budget 2025-2026, this year is very much about being conservative and the safe delivery of services.”