In 1881 the rateable value was £18,188. Up to 1948 the rateable value of the District showed a steady increase from £29,000 to £56,000, a large proportion of which was made up of electricity hereditaments. Due to the nationalisation of that industry, and transport in the 1940's, the district lost £25,000 of rateable value, and although for a short period the district received a reducing grant in lieu of the rates lost, the grant ceased in 1958, and the loss of income was equivalent to a 3 shilling rate.
The rate in the pound, despite this still compared favourably with other local authorities, and from time to time additional amenities have been added.
In 1894 the general rate was 2s 8d in the £, whereas in 1951 the general rate levied was 18s 3d. in the £., but of this rate 12s 8d. was payable to the Lancashire County Council by way of precept, leaving the rate for the town at 5s 7d. in the £ or just over twice that levied in 1894.
A General Rate of 13/- in the £ was fixed for the financial year 1943/44.
Rishton on Record, the Festival of Britain 1951.