Collection 3% behind average
WEXFORD'S record of collecting the household charge from 62 per cent of homes is running three per cent shy of the national average.
County council financial director Annette O'Neill stated that 33,612 houses had paid the charge, up to last Monday morning. She said that officials were working tirelessly to follow up the missing 38 per cent. 'We are going to get another cut,' forecast Cllr. Keith Doyle (FF) after it was confirmed that the Department is preparing to levy councils that fall short in collecting the charge.
Still, county manager Eddie Breen felt the 62 per cent was a striking figure, rounding it up to suggest 'almost two-thirds' had paid. With the Revenue commissioners poised to take over the job of rounding up the reluctant payers, Cllr. Padge Reck (Ind.) had a warning for the stragglers.
' The Revenue Commissioners are the last people you want calling to your house,' said the Wexford councillor. ' The bill won't go away - that's the strongest message we should be sending out.'