Rates Stay Unchanged in 2015-16

The Board of Port St Mary Commissioners announced today that they will not be increasing the rate per pound charged to ratepayers in the village in the coming year. At it’s meeting the Board of Commissioners agreed that the rate would remain unchanged at 306p in the pound.

Significant new responsibilities that have been devolved from the Department of Infrastructure will be taken on in the coming year. This will include street cleaning, gulley emptying, and the maintenance of hedges. These will be paid for partly from the government’s freeze on the gate price from tipping at the Energy from Waste Plant and partly from efficiency savings in other areas of the Commissioners service delivery.

Chairman of the Commissioners, Mrs Bernadette McCabe said, “We are very pleased to be able to announce that, despite an increasing workload, there will be no increase in the rates levied in the coming year. We have been working hard to reduce our costs throughout this year and it is gratifying to see this rewarded now. We could not have achieved this without the active participation of our residents in our recycling initiative. Refuse disposal is our biggest single cost and we are confident that this will reduce by 20% next year. “

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