This is a record for twenty years of investigation. According to an Ifop* survey published on Wednesday, the second day of the convention of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF ). In particular, the oldest mayors give up the fastest (72% of those over 70), as do rural mayors (56%) and those whose current budget is at least 10% of energy costs (62%).
90% of elected officials surveyed say they are concerned about rising energy prices for their municipality budget, according to this survey for energy management company Hellio and acteurs publics magazine.
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“In this context, with a record number of mayors considering giving up, this study shows for the first time that this price explosion is pushing some to not pay their bills or even merge with a neighboring municipality,” Ifop said in a press release.
Less heat, turn off the lights.
For example, 16% of mayors surveyed are planning to merge with a neighboring municipality to cope with rising prices, “a sign of concerns about the sustainability of the hexagonal municipal fabric,” while 12% are considering not paying their supplier for additional costs. energy inflation.
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More than half of mayors (55%) also plan to pool their energy supplies with other local governments to cut costs. Finally, out of 609 respondents, 63% of mayors said they were dissatisfied with the government’s efforts to help municipalities fight rising energy prices.
As for the answers to these questions, 85% of mayors intend to reduce heating of premises and equipment, 82% turn off lights at night, 24% raise local taxes and 74% start energy repairs. Only 9% want to close public services.
* The survey was conducted by telephone from October 20 to November 10 with the participation of 609 elected representatives of the mayors of France according to the quota method.