This week it emerged that the government has warned it may slash Kerry County Council’s budget by as much as €1.32 million for the rest of the year, due to under-payment of the household charge. That will cause a serious reduction in the council’s ability to provide services in housing and roads, environmental services and more.
That’s bad enough. What’s worse is that the axe won’t discriminate: those who dutifully paid up – the silent majority – will be hit just as hard as those who didn’t.�
About 18,000 households in Kerry haven’t registered to pay the household charge, according to the latest figures. The remaining 40,000 or so who did register to pay – who did not break the law, in other words – will have to brace themselves for reduced services anyway. Pay or don’t pay, the results are the same: cuts to the services we’re entitled to. ��