Kildare County Manager urges payment of household charge

Kildare County Manager, Michael Malone, is appealing to householders in the county to support Kildare County Council by paying the €100 household charge before the end of March or suffer the consequences. “This will help to ensure that communities throughout the county continue to receive essential services in 2012,” he said in a statement to the Leinster Leader.

Kildare County Manager, Michael Malone, is appealing to householders in the county to support Kildare County Council by paying the €100 household charge before the end of March or suffer the consequences. “This will help to ensure that communities throughout the county continue to receive essential services in 2012,” he said in a statement to the Leinster Leader.

“If income targets from the household charge are not met, this will have an impact on the council’s ability to maintain essential services.”

According to the County Manager Kildare County Council has seen a significant reduction in funding from central government in recent years.

“Despite this, however, the council has continued to maintain essential services, without the need to increase commercial rates to local businesses,” he added.

“The exchequer contribution element of local authority funding will from here on be replaced by income from the household charge.”

According to the County Manager, significant efforts have been made by Kildare County Council over the last three years to ‘reduce costs, with efficiencies in excess of €10m being achieved’.

“The €100 Household Charge is an interim measure pending the future introduction of a more comprehensive and equitable property tax,” he said. “In order to avoid payment of penalties and interest, householders should register and pay the €100 before March 31.”