Kildare County Council to open Saturday to accept Household Charge payment

The finance office of Kildare County Council will open this Saturday, March 31, for those who want to pay their €100 household charge in person and at the last minute.

The finance office of Kildare County Council will open this Saturday, March 31, for those who want to pay their €100 household charge in person and at the last minute.

The office will open from 10am to 3pm and staff will accept payment and registration forms for the charge.

Local authority offices are open nationwide on the day in a last chance bid by the councils to make payment of the controversial charge as easy as possible for householders.

Next Saturday is the final day for payment of the charge, and householders who leave it longer to pay will face increasing financial penalties.

For example, those who pay on 30th June will owe €113. By 31st December, this will have risen to €129.

Householders can also pay online at www.householdcharge.ie or by post.

Kildare County Manager Michael Malone has warned of the consequences if the people of Kildare do not pay the charge.

“If income targets from the household charge are not met, this will have an impact on the council’s ability to maintain essential services,” he said in a previous statement to the Leinster Leader.

According to the County Manager Kildare County Council has seen a significant reduction in funding from central government in recent years, but has made an effort to reduce costs, with efficiencies in excess of €10m being achieved.