Council to contact those who haven’t paid household charge

RESIDENTS who have not paid the household charge to Kildare County Council could receive a reminder in the post before the end of the month.

RESIDENTS who have not paid the household charge to Kildare County Council could receive a reminder in the post before the end of the month.

Although the council has not yet sent out the letters to householders who have not paid the controversial €100 levy, these are set to be issued in the next two weeks.

A county council representative told the Leader this week that it was not clear how many people would be contacted – but this information would be available later this week.

The letters will be sent to “householders that we have identified as not having paid the charge” reminding them of their obligation to pay the charge, said the representative.

Like local authorities elsewhere, KCC is availing of information from various sources including the Private Residential Tenancies Board, the Electricity Supply Board, Revenue Commissioners and the Minister for Social Protection. Up to the start of last week some 38,000 households had paid this charge to KCC and the representative added “this number is increasing on a daily basis”.

There are a total of 72,000 households in the county and a small number are entitled to waivers either because they receive the mortgage interest supplement or because they live in an unfinished development.

Meanwhile the campaign against the charge continued with a public meeting at the community centre in Rathangan on June 28.

According to the organisers the meeting was attended by 30 people, some of whom were interested in the septic tank charge.

The meeting was addressed by Socialist Workers Party TD Clare Daly.