Council's 'good value' message for household charge non-payers
WEXFORD people are receiving good value for their money from the county council. That was the message from director of finance Annette O'Neill and her colleagues last week.
She noted that some of the people who refuse to pay the household charge argue that they receive nothing from the local authority. And she circulated a brochure outlining some of the services provided in a bid to knock this suggestion on the head. The list of services included everything from street lights and home loans to pollution control and coastal protection. Meanwhile, householders who failed to pay their €100 on time now face a bill for €127, rising to €`143 by next April.
' When you pay the household charge, you are making your contribution to local services, local jobs and assisting the survival of local companies,' read the script of the brochure. Services mentioned included: animal disease prevention, arts activities, assistance for homeless people, bottle banks, building controls, burial grounds, Civil Defence, coastal protection, community enterprise, conservation areas, coroners, council housing, derelict/dangerous building control, disability access certification, dog licences, electoral register, environmental awareness, fire brigades, fire safety education, harbours, horse controls, house purchase loans, housing need assessment, industrial promotion, litter and dumping controls, marinas, pedestrian crossings, piers, pollution control, planning permission, playgrounds, public parks, recycling centres, road building, sewage treatment, slaughter house monitoring, street trader licences, swimming pools, traffic calming, traffic lights, Traveller accommodation, urban redevelopment, village development and water mains.