Speaking earlier this week, in response to comments on social media demanding some form of refund, DUP group leader Alderman Mark Baxter said: “I agree, paying for a service you don’t get is not acceptable.”
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council addresses the issue on its website and notes that there is currently no option to offer discounts for any reductions in service.
“We deeply regret the impact and disruption caused by ongoing industrial action,” begins the response to the question “Will taxpayers get a discount?”.
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“Tax collection is managed by Mark and Property Services (LPS) who are also responsible for valuation and valuation of properties. Rates are used to pay for a wide range of public services on an annual basis.
“There is no possibility under the current system to offer discounts for any reduction in a service provided by a public body.”
When asked by the Local Democracy Reporting Service if LPS has considered finding a way to give residents a discount for this long period of disruption, an LPS spokesperson explained that councils set the fees to be charged in each area based on what it requires to operate the services provided.
“Land & Property Services (LPS) collects fees on behalf of district councils,” the spokesman said. “Councils decide the level of charges to be levied in their area, taking into account the amount of revenue they estimate they need to fund the services they provide.”