Higher utility bills for Belgrade citizens in 2021

After several waves of the coronavirus epidemic, with the arrival of the new year, Serbia and Belgrade have been hit by waves of price increases, because money for new monuments, gondolas, and fountains has to be generated from increasing the prices of services that all citizens use, mainly utility services.

First to go up is property tax – in Belgrade, the increase will be about 6%, which is a continuation of the policy that the city government introduced back in 2014.

“The lower budget deficit, which is a logical result of the coronavirus outbreak, should be achieved by reducing the operational costs of the municipal administration, cancelling dubious contractual services, as well as giving up meaningless projects such as mini fountains and gondolas,” report from the Center for Local Administration (CLS).

Water has become more expensive in Belgrade in January, with the price of water and wastewater disposal for all user categories has increased by 5% since the first day of 2021.

The price of one cubic metre of water supplied to households and sports and recreation centres now stands at 59.46 dinars, while the price of sewage services is 24.04 dinars per cubic metre. For other user categories, the price of water is 98.40 dinars and for sewage services 52.95 dinars.

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“It is not entirely clear why public enterprise Beogradski Vodovod i Kanalizacija (Belgrade Water Supply and Sewage), in less than a year and a half, is increasing the price of its services for the second time, especially considering that this company had a net profit even before these price increases in the amount of 19 million dinars in 2019, and much more in previous years,” reports the CLS.

The price of waste collection in Belgrade went up in November last time. Therefore, households already pay for this service one dinar more per square metre, i.e. 6.6 dinars, while the price increase for other categories of users was 2.6 dinars per square metre.

This is what the first wave of price increases looks like in a nutshell, but it won’t be long before the second wave of higher prices hits considering that the gondola and other envisaged city projects have not yet been implemented as yet, nor has the old Sava Bridge been moved to Ušće Park.

(Nova, 04.01.2021)




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