Plovdiv mayor promises not to cut streetlights as bills skyrocket

According to a report by Radio Plovdiv on January 24, Plovdiv Mayor Zdravko Dimitrov has pledged not to cut street lighting even as the municipality’s electricity bills soar.

around bulgaria, Several municipalities are restricting street lighting because of increased electricity bills.

Dimitrov said that in December 2021, the Plovdiv Municipality received a bill for 620,000 leva for street lighting, which he says is three times the previous amounts of 180,000-200,000 leva.

The sum is not payable and a meeting has taken place with the electricity supplier EVN to request a postponement of the payment, Dimitrov said. “We hope for your understanding.”

He said the amount will be paid in full but not until the new annual budget comes into effect.

“Otherwise we simply will not survive as the community still has many payments for social needs. It’s about providing food to the socially disadvantaged, orphanages and other urgent commitments that affect people,” Dimitrov said.

If EVN doesn’t agree, we will be forced to break the law just for the benefit of the people of Plovdiv, he said.

Dimitrov ruled out cutting streetlights, saying: “Can you imagine the dark streets across the city? If an accident happens, the responsibility immediately lies with the municipality and personally with the Mayor of Plovdiv.”

Earlier, Rousse Mayor Pencho Milkov said the municipality would receive compensation from the government for utility bills and currently has no plans to reduce street lighting.

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