2018/19 Rate set at 341p

2018/19 Rate set at 341p

After 7 years of rate freezes, Castletown Town Commissioners have announced an increase in the Town Rate of 21p in the Pound, bringing rates to 341p in the pound.

Chairman of Castletown Town Commissioners Mr Colin Leather stated that

It is time to accept that if this town is to continue to improve itself, then rate rises are necessary and will likely be necessary in future years. I expect that this Board will have to make many difficult decisions over the forthcoming year, both financial and with regard to the use of amenity areas within the town, however I wish to send a message to all that Castletown is open for business.

With Manx CPI standing at 4.1% in December 2017 and increased charges being passed on from central government and partner agencies, my board has agreed to a general rate rise of 5%, equating to 16p in the pound, and an additional 5p in the pound specifically to finance the proposed acquisition of the Old Fire Station from the Department of Home Affairs.

My board are in agreement that the current rating system is unsustainable in the long term and continue to lobby Central Government with regard to a more equitable rating system for the Island. Castletown Town Commissioners do however recognise the contribution that members of the public from our neighbouring parishes make to the success of the town and are delighted to announce that provision has been made to make membership of Castletown Library and its associated community events and workshops free of charge to all island residents. We are delighted that the Isle of Man Constabulary are now based in the Town Hall and we continue to work with other agencies to bring services to the Town.

Provision has been made to continue with environmental improvements in the town. Whilst no specific provision has been made for the 2018/19 financial year, consideration will be given to bringing forward long overdue investment in the children’s playparks around the town in future years.”

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For more information, Mr Leather may be contacted on 435731 / 824297

A more detailed rates Statement will follow