Debt collection problem
LOUTH County council's finances are being drained by the ongoing debt collection issue, members heard at their July meeting.
Highlighting the monies owed to the local authority Cllr. Declan Breathnach said:
'When you look at the collection rates across the board, housing, commercial rates.. there is serious cause for concern.'
Chief Executive Joan Martin told the meeting that a 'huge percentage of people who owe us money do have agreements in place with us.'
She added that a lot of these are 'not what we would like to see' with many representing many repayments, but she welcomed that agreements had been reached.
Cllr. Tommy Byrne also appealed for commercial rates payers to be given consideration, adding that banks were not lending to small businesses.