« BackAlmost €9 million owed to Kerry County Council in unpaid rates last year

Tralee CourthouseAlmost 9 million euro (€8,975,742) was owed to Kerry County Council in unpaid rates at the end of 2015.

A figure on the number of premises that make up this amount is unavailable, however at a recent sitting of Tralee District Court up to 8 businesses were named as owing money to Kerry County Council.

The amounts varied from over 1400 euro to over 18,000 euro.

The council has set aside €7.5 million in its 2017 draft budget for refunds and irrecoverable rates.

 

Kerry County Council has 5,935 rateable properties many of which have paid in full or are engaged in payment plans.

The local authority says it is committed to making it as easy as possible for debtors to pay bills by offering a wide choice of payment options and plans.

It says considerable progress has been made in addressing arrears cases in 2016.

Fifty-four summonses have been issued this year.

One rate payer in court claimed his rates had increased 340%.

The council says significant changes in the rates demand for customers are generally as a result of revisions from the Valuation Office.

Kerry County Council says it will continue to review the position of businesses experiencing difficulties, due to the current economic climate, where supporting documentation indicates a serious downturn in activities and turnover for a period of time.

A distinction, however, needs to be made between those businesses that have genuine trading difficulties and those apparently unwilling to pay.