AS MANY as 27 lucky housing estates in Co Monaghan are exempt from the controversial property tax that has been brought in this year.
The household charge, which costs €100 and will be replaced with a full blown property tax either next year or in 2014, has to be paid by the country’s 1.6 million homeowners by March 31. However, 1,375 uncompleted estates nationwide are entitled to a waiver if the developer is still in place but is inactive or if the development has been abandoned. Some estates are at such an early stage of development that they are categorised by plan names.
Estate that have been exempted in South Monaghan include: An Crannóg, Kingscourt Rd., Mullinery, Carrickmacross; Ascáil Róis, Magheraboy Rd, Magheross , Carrickmacross; Chapel Court, Killybrone Rd, Carrickroe; Drummond Radharc, Drummond Otra, Carrickmacross, Drummond Ross, Ardee Road, Carrickmacross; Killycard Manor, Bree, Castleblaney; Knock Carrick, Mullaghduff, Annyala; Lough na Glack, Drummond Otra, Magheross, Carrickmacross; Plan Ref 04 1523, Hall Street, Clones Rd, Ballybay; Plan Ref 05606, Bree, Castleblaney; Thorndale, Bree, Castleblaney; and Wylies Hill, Castleblaney Rd, Ballybay
Just over 14,000 people have signed up to pay the charge with 3,000 choosing to pay in instalments, the department said recently, adding that a full list of exempt estates would be published within days.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan said it was “not acceptable” to look for the €100 charge in estates which were a “worst-case scenario” and that posed public health and safety risks.
The department has categorised unfinished developments into four categories; ranging from estates needing minor works, such as finishing open spaces, to more substantial problems including open manholes, no footpaths, roads, public lighting or sewerage.
The legislation provides that an owner of residential property which is situated in an unfinished estate, within the meaning contained in the Local Government (Household Charges) Act 2011, on the liability date (1st January) is entitled to a waiver from payment of the Household Charge in respect of that property for that year.
A person who, on 1 January 2012, is an owner of a residential property in an unfinished development contained in the prescribed list is entitled to a waiver.