Kilkenny Borough Council is urging homeowners to register to pay the Household Charge as soon as possible, with only one in eight Kilkenny households currently registered as the March 31 deadline looms.
To date, only 4,000 or so of Kilkenny’s estimated 31,000 households have registered to make the €100 payment, according to figures from the council. The local authority is now warning of unnecessary delays if property owners leave it until the last minute to do so.
“We really are into a very short time frame now, and it will be a great effort by the council,” said John Mulholland, Director of Services, at Monday’s borough council meeting.
“I want to get the message across to people not to leave it until the last minute. We really don’t want a queue all the way up John Street.”
The timeframe in which a direct debit payment could be made has now passed, and the payment must be made online, or by cash, cheque or money order. Several elected members urged the public to pay the charge promptly, and warned that the national campaign promoting civil disobedience would not work.
“[The campaign] is misleading people into thinking that if they wait, the government will eventually capitulate,” said Green Party councillor Malcolm Noonan.
“A lot of vulnerable people are going to be left with these penalties, and they will be pursued by the government. I would urge people to pay.”
The council has said that people should not be afraid to come in and ask for help with registration forms. The office will be open on Saturdays.