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This page gives details of how and where you can pay for our services, including additional information on our major income streams.
- How and Where can I pay?
- Water Charges
- Housing Loans
- Housing Rents
- Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) Charge
- Traffic Fines
- Motor Tax
You can pay for our services in a number of ways and at a number of locations.
Payment for our services can be made:
- Online by credit or debit card
- By Direct Debit [form under download it]
- By Standing Order [form under download it]
- Directly into our bank account:
- Bank Of Ireland, Pearse Street, Mullingar
- Sort Code: 90-18-53
- Account Number: 15756011
- Please ensure you quote details of your payment i.e. invoice number or customer number.
- At certain Post Offices and retail outlets using a card issued by us – contact us using the contact numbers on this page.
- Over the phone by ringing (044) 9332000 using a credit or debit card.
- By post to: Accounts Receivable Section, Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar using postal order, money order, or cheque with bank guarantee card. Never send cash in the post and please remember to include details of your payment i.e. invoice number or customer number.
- Over the Counter in our offices in Mullingar, Athlone, Castlepollard and Kilbeggan [include links to office locations] during the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday (including lunch time) by cash, credit or debit card, postal order, money order, or cheque with bank guarantee card.
Rates are a local property tax payable on commercial/industrial properties the income from which is used to fund the provision of services.
Government Policy is to charge non-domestic (business) customers for water services in accordance with the EU policy the application of the "polluter pays" principle, included in the EU Water Framework Directive.
Westmeath County Council is required to apply charges to the non-domestic sector on the basis of the "water in/water out" principle, i.e. recovery of the full cost of all water services (water supply and waste water collection and disposal) by means of a unit charge in respect of metered water supply.
Current charges are as follows:
- Water per cubic metre €1.09
- Waste Water per cubic metre €1.21
- Consolidated Charge €2.30
The Consolidated Charge is applicable where the consumer is connected to the sewerage network in addition to the water network.
In addition there will be an annual standing charge of €74.88 for ½ “and ¾ meters and €242.60 for meters greater than ¾“
The implementation of metering of non-domestic water supply connections will represent a fairer way for non-domestic customers in County Westmeath to pay for water. The programme of meter installation will uncover defects in the water supply system that may otherwise have remained unnoticed. It will provide an opportunity to repair defects and will be of significant benefit to water conservation.
Any new or existing customer wishing to set up, alter or close their water charge account should contact our Finance Section (Water Rates) County Buildings Mullingar.
If you want to report a meter fault, or if you have a meter query, please contact the Finance Section, (Water Rates) County Buildings Mullingar.
Loan repayments are made by customers who have been granted a loan for the purchase or improvement of their home.
Housing loans applications are processed by the Housing Department
A mortgage arrears resolution process has been put in place by Westmeath County Council to assist borrowers in arrears or in pre-arrears.
Further information is available through the A guide to resolving your mortgage arrears problem leaflet or by contacting The Arrears Team at email@example.com
A weekly rent is payable by tenants in respect of accommodation provided by us.
The allocation of a local authority house is managed by the Housing Department.
Once issued the collection of the repayment is managed by the Finance Section.
What happens if I miss a payment?
The most common difficulty local authority tenants get into, is rent arrears. If for whatever reason you find you are falling behind with the rent, it is vital to talk to your local authority or housing association and explain your situation. It is in everyone's interest to sort the problem out, without having to evict you. But if you cannot pay your rent and you fail to do anything about it, you may end up losing your home.
If you are in financial difficulty, the local authority or housing association should be able to help you sort this out and pay a little bit off the rent arrears each week.
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free, confidential service for people with debt and money management problems. Anyone from any background can experience debt and money problems and MABS staff are fully trained to help. The MABS service is available through the MABS offices located in Ennis and Shannon.
An annual charge of €200 is payable on non principal private residences to the local authority in whose area the property concerned is located.
For further information visit the NPPR website http://www.nppr.ie
Fines are payable for non-compliance with the traffic by-laws.
To pay for a Traffic Fine online visit http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/Online Payments/
We collect motor tax and issue driving licences on behalf of Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government. Payment can be made online or at our offices in Mullingar and Athlone .
To pay your Motor Tax online visit http://www.motortax.ie