24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The level of payment of the household charge in Co Monaghan has risen to 60%, it was confirmed this week as Monaghan Co Council moved into the next stage of its collection drive with the issuing of second reminder letters.
The Council last week announced that it had closed its range of housing adaptation grants to new applications as a consequence of the financial restrictions imposed on it by the Dept of the Environment as a result of the low household charge collection rate in the county.
The Local Government Management Agency revealed this week that 12,186 houseowners had paid the charge to date in the county.
With 20,176 houses liable to pay the charge this represents a 60% collection rate for the county. Of the €1,231,718 collected to date, over €13,000 has been in the form of penalties for late payment.
The charge for those paying in August (including penalties) is €115, but this rises sharply to €127 after 30 September, when additional penalties come into effect.
Monaghan Co Council in a press release this week pointed out that, while the charge is a self-registration process, house owners are required to register and pay themselves.
The Council also confirmed that letters will be issued in September to those householders who have not paid the charge, following verification with the Property Registry Authority.
The Council have just sent out their second reminder letter to those who have paid the Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge on a second property and have not paid Household Charge on that property.
“The last and final reminder letter is scheduled for release on 17th September 2012. It is then intended that those who have still not paid at this stage will then be forwarded to …

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