Council takes action following failure to pay Commercial Rates
Tuesday 8 May, 2018.
On Saturday morning last 5 May, a well-known pub in Carrig-on-Bannow had its stock of goods seized in an action taken by the County Sheriff on behalf of Wexford County Council.
Court officers seized goods including alcohol, furniture and a range of pub fixtures and fittings from Colfer’s Pub on foot of a Warrant of Execution, following a long-running court action by Wexford County Council against the operators of the well-known public house for failure to pay commercial rates.
Colfers Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow is operated by John and Teresa Murphy, and the court actions by the Council followed non-payment of commercial rates totalling almost €23,000, accumulated over a number of years. Following failure by the operators to pay, the Council obtained the warrant authorising seizure of goods at the premises. The seized goods will now be auctioned by the State and the proceeds offset against the commercial rates due, with costs incurred in the action also to be deducted from the proceeds.
Commenting on the seizure, Wexford County Council Communications Officer David Minogue was keen to point out that the vast majority of the county’s commercial rates customers make every effort to meet their financial obligations.
“The cost of unpaid rates is effectively met by those customers who do pay and the Council would be failing in its duty to these customers were it not to use all of the powers available to it to ensure everybody pays their share” said Mr. Minogue. “As a publically funded body, Wexford County Council has a duty to collect all monies due so we can properly fund the development of our County and provide essential services to the people of Wexford. A decision by Wexford County Council to seize goods is not taken lightly and is only taken where there has been a complete and abject failure by the owner / operator to engage meaningfully with us and to make reasonable and consistent effort to meet his/her rates payment obligations”
Current legislation provides that where the proceeds arising from seizure of goods are insufficient to meet the amount owing, further seizures may be carried out until such time as the full amount due has been collected.