Taxed again

First published in Letters by

THE Press of November 15 reported on council tax owed to City of York Council to the tune of £3.7 million.

This is an absolute disgrace. This will mean council tax will be set at 2.9 per cent for the financial year of 2013/2014. Why are the council not chasing these people up who have not paid their council tax?

There is something wrong when this is allowed to happen.

The council statistics show that 8,598 residents were in arrears on their council tax, so again those of us who have paid their rates have to suffer with the 2.9 per cent rise in council tax for the period.

Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.

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3:54pm Mon 19 Nov 12

sounds weird but says...

..totally agree with this. If non-payers are not being penalised, where is the incentive to pay this (on time)?
..totally agree with this. If non-payers are not being penalised, where is the incentive to pay this (on time)? sounds weird but
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4:45pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

The problem is that lots of people who have no record of non payment are sent out letters for slightly late payment etc. CoYC are very aggressive about this and unnecessary letters are sent out at a cost instead of focussing on the non payers. They will never learn that unnecessary admin could easily be directed on where it is needed most and get some return for it.
Increasing Council tax yet more is not going to make people more willing to pay, more likely to increase the list of serial non payers.
The problem is that lots of people who have no record of non payment are sent out letters for slightly late payment etc. CoYC are very aggressive about this and unnecessary letters are sent out at a cost instead of focussing on the non payers. They will never learn that unnecessary admin could easily be directed on where it is needed most and get some return for it. Increasing Council tax yet more is not going to make people more willing to pay, more likely to increase the list of serial non payers. ColdAsChristmas
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9:07am Tue 20 Nov 12

sounds weird but says...

do you think that means if I ignore the demands then the debt will be forgotten....?
do you think that means if I ignore the demands then the debt will be forgotten....? sounds weird but
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4:18pm Tue 20 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

sounds weird, if you are refering to my comment I wasn't suggesting ignoring the demand, simply payments that might appear on the Council's accounts slightly late. Perhaps because of late payment due to circumstances, delays in the clearing system, Bank Holidays and so on. The Council waste our money in targeting everyone, even with a good payment record rather than spend limited resources on those who have no intention of paying and indeed who can't pay. (For the new limo and Council offices, Community Stadium project manager etc)
sounds weird, if you are refering to my comment I wasn't suggesting ignoring the demand, simply payments that might appear on the Council's accounts slightly late. Perhaps because of late payment due to circumstances, delays in the clearing system, Bank Holidays and so on. The Council waste our money in targeting everyone, even with a good payment record rather than spend limited resources on those who have no intention of paying and indeed who can't pay. (For the new limo and Council offices, Community Stadium project manager etc) ColdAsChristmas
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