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Bulgarian Council Tax, bins included - 20 June 2011

My grandad always said to me, you get what you pay for. This was normally directed at buying a new spade, or boots. Don't buy the cheapest as they are not the best value in the long run.

In Bulgaria there is a house tax, which I suppose is the equivalent of the council tax in the UK, it pays for such things as emptying bins, and er well no that is about all the services the council provide. Some may think this horrid, but less is definately more, in fact it has only been the last 12 months that they started collecting household refuse before everyone just burnt theirs, in fact most still do, but now at least they have nice shiny skips to put the ashes in.

So for my once a month refuse collection I pay 22 lev (11 euros) not a week, not a month, but for a whole year. That is unless you pay within the first month of recieving your bill, in which case you are given a 10% discount. My communal skip is emptied the first saturday of every month for the princely sum of less than 1 euro a go. So my grandad was right, you get what you pay for, and I don't want to pay for anything else.

My electricity bill, and water bill have also been paid up (elec = 7 euros(a month), water = 15 euros for 3 months and I have the hose going daily).

So my total spend on utilities is 13 euros a month give or take a stotinki. That is the lot. 80% of my food comes from my garden, and here in Bulgaria tonic is more expensive than gin! Whats not to like.

It is times like these that I sit back in my garden in the cooling afternoon sun with (aforementioned) gin & tonic at hand with a smug grin on my face as I imagine being on the M25 on a Friday at 5 in the evening racing to get back to my hovel of a flat in the outer suburbs of London.


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