Council’s Heavy Handed Rates Collection Process – Explanation Needed – Ferris

Cllr. Toiréasa Ferris is calling on Kerry County Council to explain the public’s perception of a heavy-handed approach to its rate collection process. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Kerry Sinn Féin Councillor Toireasa Ferris has asked Kerry County Council management for an explanation for what many rate payers believe is a heavy handed approach in relation to the collection of rates.

A Number of Complaints

“I have received a number of complaints from rate payers this morning about what they see as a heavy handed approach by KCC in relation to the payment of rates for the second part of the year,” said Cllr. Ferris.
Threatening Letters
“It is only the second week of August and I have been informed businesses that have paid the bill for January to June have now received letters threatening legal action for non payment of services that have not yet been delivered. There are over four months left in this period.
Reactions of Callers
“Going by the reaction of those who have rang me already, this approach is certainly not fostering a positive relationship between Kerry County Council and our rate payers.
“Equally it is bizarre, given the nature of the business of very many of our rate payers, that this demand and threat would be sent before the end of the summer season.

Urgent Explanation Needed

“For those in Tralee, in particular, it’s incredible that it would be delivered as they are up to their eyes preparing for the busiest week of their year.”
“An explanation is needed as soon as possible from Kerry County Council management,” Cllr. Ferris concluded.

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