NO-ONE likes paying council tax. But Paul Rayner, of Mount, was stunned when he received a bill from Kirklees – for 1p.
The 42-year-old said: “I was amazed. You would have thought the council would have twigged that if someone owes less than 50p then it’s not worth sending the bill.
“It’s disgusting really – I think Kirklees wastes enough money as it is.”
Paul and his partner Maureen moved to Mount from Birchencliffe on August 28. And Kirklees got in touch shortly afterwards to assure them they were not in arrears.
Paul said: “I got a letter from the council in September saying I was more than £100 ahead on my council tax at my old place in Birchencliffe, and it had been transferred on to my new address. I thought everything was fine.”
But on Thursday Paul received the bill charging him a penny. He said: “The letter claims I was living at in Birchencliffe until September 14, even though I moved out at the end of August.
“But I don’t know how they’ve worked out that I owe 1p for two weeks – I wouldn’t mind paying that all year round!”
Paul has not decided whether to pay the bill. He said: “The letter says I have to pay in cash by November 12 but I’m thinking of not paying it to see if the council send me a reminder.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman apologised for the bill.
He said: “The nature of the council tax system means we do have accounts with very small outstanding balances. However, we have a standard procedure in place which means we should not send out these small bills to customers because it is not cost-effective for us to collect them.
“We would like to thank Mr Raynor and the Examiner for raising this, as it will enable us to investigate why Mr Raynor received this bill and help ensure we do not send out bills for small amounts in future.
“We would also like to apologise to Mr Raynor for any inconvenience caused.”