COUNTIES whose residents have a lower income, including Monaghan, show lower compliance rates with payment for the household charge.
Recent CSO data shows that Donegal, Monaghan and Offaly are the three counties whose residents had the lowest total incomes in 2009, the last year for which figures are available.
All three have the lower rate of compliance in paying the household tax.
Similarly, people living in counties Dublin, Galway, Cork, Kildare, Meath and Limerick have both the highest average incomes and the highest rates of payment for the charge.
Of the eligible households in Monaghan, where residents had income of €18,011 after tax, only 28.1 per cent had paid the €100 charge as of last week.
The average person in Donegal had a total income of €20,518 in 2009, with income of €17,708 after tax – the lowest in the country, coinciding with Donegal’s status as the county with the fewest eligible homes having paid the charge so far.
There are some anomalies in the comparisons: residents of Kerry have the fourth-lowest incomes, with an average after-tax income of €18,694 – but rank 11th of 27 counties in terms of the counties where eligible households have paid the €100 charge.
Similarly Louth, which has the sixth-highest income after tax, has the fifth-lowest record of payment for the household charge, at 34.5 per cent of eligible homes.