Sunday 23 October 2016

Dun Laoghaire traders get debt letter over failure to pay levy

Dun Laoghaire
Dun Laoghaire

DOZENS of Dun Laoghaire businesses have been issued with a letter from a debt collec- tion agency on behalf of the town's Business Improvement District (BID).

Businesses in the town that have not paid their dues to BIDS have been threatened with legal action.

The BID levy is calculated as a percentage of the rates payable by businesses, with the majority paying less than €200.

It covers the costs of such things as Christmas lights in the town.

Breasal O Caollai, the owner of Costello Jewellers, received the letter but told the Herald he would not be paying.

"When BID started they said they would revitalise the town and we haven't seen any of that," he said.

"If they did what they said, none of us would have a problem paying."

BID chairman Don McManus said the agency has brought improvements to the town.

He said it was a "shame" that the letters had to be sent out, but added that it was a decision taken by the BID board to pursue the debt. He said 30pc of the businesses in the town have been sent letters.

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