THERE may be rows about the future of council tax but for now, it still has to be paid.
That is the message from Kirklees Council to anyone thinking of dodging their bill.
The council warned today that it has introduced new measures to ensure people pay up.
It will be stepping up court action again people who do not pay.
Customers taken to court for non-payment of council tax must tell the council about their financial circumstances.
This means the authority can work out the most effective way to recover the arrears.
In some cases, the council uses a person's national insurance number and employer's details to arrange for the arrears to come directly out of their wages.
Anyone who fails to give the council their financial information will face court again.
They could be fined up to £1,000 as well as a further £75 in court costs.
Today, Kirklees Council held its first prosecutions of this kind.
The new tough measures are a result of the council's efforts to improve its collection rates for council tax.
It collected 95.7% of the council tax due in 2003/4 - an improvement of 2.7% on the previous year.
Clr Paul Battye, Cabinet member responsible for the Revenues and Benefits Service, said: "It is not fair to see those who should contribute towards essential council services dodging the council tax.
"The Revenues and Benefits Service can be rightly proud of the improvements they have achieved in the past year."