Merchants from Carabobo State protested in front of the Mayor’s Office of Naguanagua to denounce the increase of around 400% in urban sanitation rates.
“If we express it in dollars, urban trash collection used to be between 12 and 13 U.S. dollars a month, now it is 75 U.S. dollars,” said Junior Delpino, a spokesman for the merchants.
Likewise, they demand that the provisions of article 60 of the required ordinance be complied with, which indicates that a formula must be applied to charge for the service and also take into account that sales have decreased since the start of the pandemic.
Mr. Delpino also suggested that prices vary according to each sector. In this regard, he pointed out that items such as stationery that require cleaning is perhaps a 30 kilogram bag of 30 kilos every 3 months, approximately.
In this regard, he rejected that despite the fact that they only use the service 4 times a year, they must pay the increase monthly.
He stated that this measure will force many merchants to ‘lower their santamarias’ (shut down) because they do not have how to cover the new tariff.