KILKENNY Local Authorities have confirmed that over €10 million has been received nationally to date from 109,569 households in payment of the household charge.
Householders have until March 31 to pay the €100 charge, after which financial penalties apply on an increasing basis each month.
“Today’s figures are in line with what happened three years ago when the Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge was introduced”, says Joe Crockett. “The nearer we get to the date at which penalties will apply, the numbers of people paying the charge increases. Kilkenny Local Authorities will use the proceeds of the Household Charge to maintain essential local services. This money is critical to fund essential local services like public parks; libraries; open spaces and leisure amenities; planning and development; fire and emergency services; maintenance and cleaning of streets and street lighting – all facilities that benefit everyone in the community”. The council is appealing to owners of residential properties to register and pay the household charge as soon as possible.