Cavan County Council has received a number of queries from businesses and elected representatives in relation to rates payments due to Cavan County Council in the context of the current outbreak of Coronavirus/Covid-19.
Published on: 20 Apr 2020
We are in unprecedented times, which are evolving at a rapid pace and we recognise that many of our ratepayers have been impacted negatively by either closure or a dramatic reduction in trade.
While Cavan County Council is mindful of the challenging position faced by many of our ratepayers, commercial rates continue to be an essential source of income to the Council and we need this income to be in a position to continue to provide essential local services. The Council also needs to ensure that we can meet our financial obligations to both our suppliers for ongoing goods and services. Many of these suppliers are also ratepayers and rely on efficient payment from the Council.
Many of our ratepayers have been listed as essential service providers under the new public health guidelines (see www.gov.ie for further information) and therefore continue to operate in business sectors that are not adversely affected by the current situation. Accordingly, Cavan County Council will issue rate demands to businesses in this category, which represents a significant number of ratepayers who are not impacted or least impacted by Coronavirus/Covid-19, and such businesses should continue to pay their local authority rates in the normal way.
Cavan County Council will also be issuing rate demands to non-essential service providers. However, the Council is acutely aware that non-essential service providers’ businesses have been negatively impacted by either closure, reduced opening hours, etc. due to Covid-19. Consequently, the Council’s revenue collectors will not be seeking payment of rates at this time but will be making direct contact with you over the coming weeks with any collection of outstanding rates for 2020 being guided by national policy.
We appreciate that these are difficult times for everyone, and we all have to play our part. Cavan County Council will continue to work with all rates customers experiencing difficulties in discharging their rates liabilities on a case by case basis.
Please note all queries are being dealt with through our email account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the following information with your query:
Address of the property
Your mobile or landline number
A property reference number will also be helpful if you have one.
Alternatively, you can contact the Revenue Collector for your area directly as follows:
We will be in touch with you in due course.
For the full Government statement, please see “Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral” on the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government website. https://bit.ly/2WBeVWl