Household charge: 50% of Kilkenny homes have now paid

Just over half of the residential properties in Kilkenny have now registered and paid the €100 household charge.

Just over half of the residential properties in Kilkenny have now registered and paid the €100 household charge.

Some 10 weeks on from the March 31 payment deadline, 18,097 properties in the county have been registered, according to the latest figures from the Local Government Management Agency, published yesterday. The Department of the Environment estimates that 32,067 residential properties in Kilkenny are required to pay the charge.

A total of 17,479 properties in Kilkenny were registered for the Household Charge on or before March 31. Since then, a further 618 properties in the county have been registered and paid penalties and interest of between €11 and €13 in addition to the €100 charge.

The figures also reveal that 289 Kilkenny properties have registered with a payment waiver due to unfinished housing estates, with 136 qualifying for a waiver under mortgage interest supplement.

Just over €1.8 million has raised in the county so far. The Government says that householders who have not yet paid are now to receive reminder letters.

Nationally, the number of properties registered for the Household Charge has yet to reach one million. Just short of €93 million has been raised by the tax to date.

A formal project group has now begun data sharing across the various agencies listed in the legislation. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) has begun seeking to identify householders who have not yet registered and paid the Household Charge. 

Jackie Maguire, chair of the Household Charge Project Board has encouraged those homeowners who have not yet registered their properties to do so as soon as possible.

“We are nearing completion of our first data set match and we anticipate that the results of this data set analyses will allow local authorities to send out their first batch of reminder letters next month to those homeowners initially identified in the data set as not having registered and paid,” he said.

“Over the coming months as further databases are compared, letters will issue to homeowners as they are identified, advising them of the outstanding charge on their property.”

Meanwhile, a meeting will take place in Kilkenny next Tuesday to discuss how the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes should progress into the future. Independent TDs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and fellow Technical Group TD Deputy Clare Daly will speak the meeting, chaired by local activist Conor Mac Liam. All are welcome to attend the meeting, which takes place in the Kilford Hotel on John Street at 8pm.