Douglas rates to rise by 2%, says council leader

David Christian Mr Christian said the biggest single cost the council faces is maintenance of its housing stock

Rates in the Isle of Man's capital are set to increase by more than 2% in the coming financial year, says the leader of Douglas council.

David Christian announced the increase for 2013-2014 at a special meeting in Douglas town hall.

It means the owner of a typical three-bedroom semi in Douglas will pay in the region of £458 to Douglas Borough Council, an increase of about £9.

"The council is now facing grave new economic realities," Mr Christian said.

"These include increased government charges and a phased waste disposal withdrawal of £5.7m.

"Against this sobering economic background the council has had to take a long hard look at its future capital schemes and service provision priorities."

In his budget speech, Mr Christian outlined future council spending, which includes a £0.5m "upgrade" for the crematorium, 28 new sheltered housing units in Pulrose and £350,000 worth of new street lighting in Douglas.

In the coming year, said Mr Christian, housing owned by the council (2,315 properties valued at £227 million) will remain the biggest cost

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