Traders still need to pay up for BID

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Traders will be chased for unpaid bills for Boston Business Improvement District – and could be hauled before the courts if they do not pay.

The BID, which was voted out by businesses in the town after a ballot earlier this month, is still owed £37,353.02 in outstanding payments.

The money came from a mandatory levy on traders’ business rates and Boston Borough Council has a duty by law to chase unpaid bills for the period up until November 30, when the BID formally ceases to exist.

Outgoing chairman Alan Ellis warned: “If they do not pay they will find themselves in court. They had BID so they have to pay for it. They are not paying from December 1.”

The total BID levy raised for the five year period ending on December 1, 2013, is £738,571.04.

A council spokesman said: “In order to collect outstanding levy due to Boston BID, the council will continue to use its powers as set out in legislation to collect this debt.

“This includes a range of enforcement activities from the issuing of a reminder letter to referring the case to bailiffs for collection.

“The council will use all methods appropriate to collect outstanding levy from the businesses and organisations that have not paid their bills.”

The Standard understands that the amount owed to BID is actually higher, but about £7,000 is said to have been written off as ‘bad debt’ as it is owed by businesses no longer operating in the town.