Over 6,000 Limerick city properties subject to second home charge

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

LIMERICK City Council should collect over €1 million this year from the €200 charge on the owners of second homes.

LIMERICK City Council should collect over €1 million this year from the €200 charge on the owners of second homes.

This is separate to the €100 property charge introduced this year, which also applies to those property owners already paying the Non-Principal Private Residences (NPPR) charge.

Acting head of finance at City Hall, Pat Murnane, said that around 6,200 in Limerick City were subject to the NPPR charge in 2011 - worth around €1.25 million to the local authority. This payment can be paid from March 31 either in cash or by post with the local authority or on-line (www.nppr.ie). Owners of second or more properties have until June 30, 2012, to pay up in order to avoid late payment fees.

Second homes are also subject to the new €100 householder tax. Around 10,000 people nationally paid in the first week of 2012 through the website www.householdcharge.ie.

Smaller numbers have also been paying in cash with both Limerick City and Limerick County Councils.

Mr Murnane said that 15 people had paid cash with over the first four days of last week. City Hall then forwards the monies to Dublin. Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the €100 charge had been introduced to put local authority finances on a more sustainable footing. Councils will get the money as part of their local government fund allocation.

Limerick County Council’s acting director of finance Sean Coughlan has reported similar numbers paying the charge in person in the first week of 2012. Sixteen had paid to date at County Hall in Dooradoyle or at the area offices in Annacotty, Croom, Kilmallock, Rathkeale and Newcastle West.

“Because it has only just introduced, we haven’t had huge numbers but expect things to pick up in the next few weeks,” said Mr Coughlan.