Bulgarian mayors discuss possible solutions for the increased electricity bills

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Four Bulgarian mayors came together to discuss the problem of soaring electricity bills and to find a possible solution to this problem.

Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova, together with the mayor of Plovdiv Zdravko Dimitrov, mayor of Varna Ivan Portnih, and mayor of Bourgas Dimitar Nikolov, discussed reports that show a large increase in the street lighting and public transport bills to create a new solution for this problem that affects and has a critical impact on the urban system of these cities.

In these four largest cities of Bulgaria, street lightning bills are more than doubled on an annual basis in each of the last three months of 2021, a statement by Sofia municipality said on January 12.

The city of Sofia in November 2021 has made the street lighting bill that was more than 1.7 million leva, compared with 986 000 leva in November 2020. According to the statement, the other three cities have made a similar increase in these bills.

November 2021 alone, the electricity bill for Sofia’s metro underground railway system was more than triple than the one in November 2020, with a total of 3.5 million leva compared with 1.1 million leva, said mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova.

According to Citing experts, further increases in energy costs were expected this year as well. The statement said that additional funds for the maintenance of municipalities should be included in the state budget. 

The four mayors called for talks with the government on compensation for the increased costs of electricity and natural gas, which all have a massive impact on the cities and urban systems such as street lighting and public transport. The problem is now being discussed and the country will soon come up with a solution for this problem.

Understanding the county’s energy expenses is one of the first steps to controlling and likely reducing energy expenses in the future. The solution to this problem will play a vital role in the country’s economic and social development. (photo credit: Matthew Henry/Unsplash)