Reform rates system

Move away from rentable value as a means of calculating rates. Instead, it should be re-positioned as a land tax that varies depending on the use and zoning of the land.  A suggested model for this may well be the rats system used in Guernsey.


Alternatively, reform the rates system to add a series of bands based on predefined increments, to better vary the rates according to the value of the property. Most importantly, there should be no limit on the number of bands so that owners of the highest banded properties do not have their rates bill effectively capped.


Why the contribution is important

The present rating system is based on house price values that are decades out of date and wildly unfair as a consequence.  It should be recognised that is a tax on land and it should be imposed fairly depending on the value and use of that land.

by Nomdeplume on May 14, 2017 at 10:26PM

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  • Posted by brandyiom May 14, 2017 at 22:37

    Good idea. What on earth happened to the review of the rates system that the Treasury was going to introduce within a year two years ago. It all went very quiet after sending out self assessment forms two years ago? along with the rate demands. There is definitely a cost of failure there because the information collected will now be out of date.

    Why do we still have a compulsory Churchyard rate? Where does the money go. It doesn't appear in the government black book that I could see. It is archaic. (Although I would pay a voluntary churchyard
    tax anyway.

    The whole system lies in the dark ages.
  • Posted by dpfellows May 14, 2017 at 22:42

    How do you make a rates system more reflective of the volume of services used?
  • Posted by Steve May 15, 2017 at 00:56

    The churchyard rate is surrounded with ignorance and anti-Christian statements. Originally the burial grounds surrounding the ancient Parish Churches, they would be better referred to a Parish Burial Grounds . The Burial Authorities are operated at negligible or no cost by Churchwardens who are elected annually by parishioners (ratepayers). They are managed by the DOI Local Government Unit and audited to the same standards as Local Authorities. The running costs, such as grass cutting, are within the Churchyard Rate, as is any purchase of new land. Anybody dying in the parish or having close links such as being a former ratepayer can be buried , whether having a religious belief or none. The 19 or so Burial Authorities accounts usually do appear in the Government Black Book and are received by Tynwald about Feb/March each year. Any increase in the Rate has to be approved by Tynwald - thus it is totally transparent and has proved the most efficient way of operating. The only exception to the word churchyard is Douglas Corporation Cemetery .
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