A LLANGOLLEN woman has been summoned to court after a council blunder.
Katherina Davies, from 10 Aberadda in Llangollen, received a court summons on Friday, October 4 claiming she had not paid her council tax since April.
But after Katherina contacted Denbighshire County Council they confirmed there was no money in her account but they eventually found it in a Debt Relief Order account which should have been closed in April.
Katherina said: “I have been plauged for some years now by Denbighshire County Council and their bailifs for none payment of some of my council tax over about seven years.
“I will admit I have in the past fallen a bit behind with council tax but not to the extent of the amount that I have had to pay the bailifs in the past.
“But being on your own with bailifs at your door, I’ve been left with no choice but to pay.”
In 2012 Katherina was contacted by the council claiming she owed council tax for her former house which she moved out of in 2001.
Letters were sent to her previous house and consequently she missed the appeal time and was advised to take out a Debt Relief Order, paying nearly £100.
Earlier this month Katherina was told by a council officer that two numbers of her council tax account number are the wrong way round and the money was sent to the Debt Relief Order, which should have closed six months ago.
Katherina believes she has overpaid in the region of £2,700 and wants Denbighshire County Council to investigate her case and her account number.
She said: “My biggest fear is that a large amount of the money that I’ve paid over to Denbighshire County Council’s bailifs, Jacobs bailifs and Wrexham bailiffs I did not infact owe due to the wrong digits on my payment card.
“I would like this to be fully investigated and the fact that I should not have had to get a Debt Relief Order in the first place due to a major cockup by the council.
“I’ve told them I want a letter of apology but I’ve not received one, it’s all been quite a farce.”
Katherina’s council tax payments went into the Debt Relief Order account by mistake last year but the council said it would not happen again and Katherina did not question it as the order was still outstanding.
She added: “I think I have had a very big misjudgment of my character laid on my shoulders and I will not rest until it has been fully investegated.”
A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said: "Whilst we cannot comment on individual cases and the circumstances leading to the order, the council can confirm that a review will be undertaken of what can be done in cases where a debt relief order has been made, so that a repeat of this will not occur again."