Mon 17 Jun 2019
How Bailiwick Express reported an earlier rates warning
Final demands will be sent out this week and, unless paid promptly, parishioners will next face a legal summons taking them to Petty Debts Court for the arrears.
They will also have to pay the cost of the writ, which is an additional £57 – £114 in the case of unmarried and therefore joint householders – plus any amounts outstanding from previous years.
"We really don't like having to issue these threats," said Constable Richard Leale, "but the Douzaine is entrusted with the proper oversight of parish funds and paying rates is not optional – it's a legal requirement."
Not pursuing those who didn't pay was unfair on everyone else and, left unchallenged, simply meant every everyone else eventually having to pay more, he said.
"The Douzaine does everything it can to contain costs and to minimise rates bills. Having to chase people like this can actually increase what we have to charge people because of the extra work and cost of taking people to court," said Mr Leale.
"That's why it's so antisocial and why, reluctantly, we will take anyone to court who doesn't pay their rates."