Council responds to rates demand criticism

NAAS Town Council have responded to criticism over pursuing retailers who have not paid commercial rates.

NAAS Town Council have responded to criticism over pursuing retailers who have not paid commercial rates.

A number of Naas retailers have received letters form a Dublin solicitor threatening legal action over non-payment of rates and rates arrears.

At least one has been summoned to appear in court a little over a month from now.

However the town council has stressed that commercial rates are a statutory charged levied annually on commercial and industrial properties including shops, factories, hotels and offices.

Town Clerk Ken Kavanagh said rates help to pay the bill for public lighting, street cleaning, roads and footpaths upkeep, parks, playgrounds, open spaces, environmental protection, libraries and the fire service.

He added: “The town council, like any other local authority, is obliged by law to levy an d collect commercial rates and their contribution towards the local community is recognised and appreciated.”

Naas Mayor Willie Callaghan said the town council, North Kildare Chamber and local traders can and have worked together to promote the town.

- Paul O’Meara