Council Goes To Court To Chase Local Debtors

The Town Hall

The Town Hall

The Council has been given court permission to recover around £110,000 worth of debts.

Magistrates sitting on St Mary’s issued several liability orders.

That means the authority can instruct bailiffs to remove goods owned by debtors if they don’t pay what they owe.

The judges heard details of four cases of unpaid business rates, totalling £101,300. And they heard that just over £9,200 in Council tax is owed by seven householders.

The Council argues that this court action works.

In January they were granted eight liability orders worth £34,000, mainly for Council tax arrears.

Today, there’s just £2,000 of that amount outstanding.

The Vice Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee, Richard McCarthy, says the majority of island taxpayers pay promptly, but a handful of individuals and businesses don’t until their cases come to the courts.

He says that if the Council didn’t take action they would be letting down everyone that does pay.

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