From the latest available figures to 31st August 2012, the collection levels of Rates at 67% is 2% down on the same period in 2011, according to figures provided to Councillor Tom Wood by South Tipperary County Council.
A motion tabled by the Cashel Councillor for the October meeting requested,”that in view of the severe downturn in the economy and the pressure faced on many business people of good standing to pay commercial rates and other charges, the Manager would outline what percentage of people are experiencing problems and what measures are in place to deal with them sympathetically”.
In acknowledging the economic difficulties being experienced by some businesses and payments made by them over the years, the reply continues, “Commercial Rates are payable in two moieties, one on demand in February and the second on July 1st each year. However, in order to assist businesses with cash flow difficulties, the Council facilitates payments throughout the year whether by way of Bank Standing Orders, weekly/fortnightly/monthly payments etc. Presently there are 19% of rate payers using the Bank Standing Order facility. It is felt that this facility is of assistance both to the Rate Payers and the Council and contributes positively to the overall collection levels of the Council. Each case is dealt with on a case by case basis and the Council is committed to entering into agreement schedules to discharge rates and other charges and are available at all times to meet and discuss situations with the individuals concerned”.