Council begin to prosecte business rate debtors

Leitrim County Council have begun prosecuting local businesses for not paying their rates for 2010 and 2011.

Leitrim County Council have begun prosecuting local businesses for not paying their rates for 2010 and 2011.

For the first time this year, the council had two cases against Leitrim businesses in Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Friday, October 26.

Two well known businesses were both given a decree by Judge Geoffrey Browne to pay their debted amounts to the council. One company offered that they are “in financial difficulties” but the Council Rate Collector responded that they have “no provision to waive the rates.”

The largest amount decreed at Friday’s court was over €9,000. More cases are expected this year as Leitrim County Council proceed with their promised “rigorous collection” of all money owed them this year.

To help alleviate the huge overspend in the council budget, Jackie Maguire told members of the council in September that staff will “re-prioritise time to increasing income” which means a more “vigorous” collection of monies owed for water, rents, rates, fire charges and the household charge.

The council had said at that time they would be setting up meetings with customers to organise payment plans and standing orders to try and increase the council’s much needed income.

Meanwhile Mayo County Council Mayo County were the first local authority in the country to begin issuing court summonses to people who have not paid the household charge last week.