We’ve finally had a calculation for our 2009 rates.
For UK readers, this is the equivalent to the council tax and water rates. For other readers this is our contribution to communal village costs, village improvements, water consumption and the cost of our twice weekly refuse collection.
For 2009 the total bill is 170€, or 14€ a month.
At today’s exchange rates that is about $230 or £155. For the entire of 2009.
Sadly, we are being charged an 11€ penalty for failing to pay the bill before the end of the the year. That we didn’t actually receive a bill is a moot point and, considering the total charge, it seems rather churlish to complain about the penalty. According to village gossip the penalty is fixed; so, if we choose not to pay the rates for another 6 months the penalty will still be 11€.
In the previous house our water was metered. Here, is seems, it is included in the village costs. Maybe we should get a swimming pool?
There are some things that are significantly more expensive here than in England.
This, clearly, is not one of them.