These and other problems were discussed during a working trip to Zhytomyr by a member of the Samopomich Union parliamentary faction, Viktoriia Voitsitska, and local residents and employees of enterprises. In particular, during the trip, she met with the management and employees of local communal enterprises. The head of a communal enterprise “Zhytomyrteplokomunenerho” Dmytro Rohozhyn notes that the number of debtors has been growing recently. “Given the increase in tariffs, we have been observing an unpleasant tendency connected with the increase in the number of malicious defaulters. However, if previously these were mostly socially unprotected segments of the population that became defaulters, now the middle class representatives are more and more often included in the list of debtors.”
According to Viktoriia Voitsitska, this is an evidence that the increase in tariffs has already greatly affected the lives of ordinary Ukrainians. Whereas yet another increase of tariffs promised by the government will be like a tsunami that can swipe the whole country and damage the entire municipal system of the state. After all, the growth of utility tariffs causes a chain reaction and results in the emergence of other problems. It was after the increase in tariffs that the number of debtors grew. As a result – communal enterprises are not able to settle accounts with the supplier in full. In addition, due to the lack of funds, these enterprises are not able to renew their already worn assets. So we end up with obsolete networks that often fail and require constant repair. But there is almost no one who can repair them, since the specialists are leaving the country en masse. Communal enterprises have no means to raise wages for their employees, and therefore the employees go to Polish or other foreign companies that have more to offer to Ukrainian.
This was confirmed by Dmytro Rohozhyn. According to him, a few years ago, “Zhytomyrteplokomunenerho” had 8 brigades of such workers. As of today – only 2 are left.
“Instead of revising prices for rent or changing the approaches to providing services, the government is resorting to yet another increase in tariffs. This makes Ukrainians leave the country. Unless we stop this now, tomorrow, there will be simply no one to pay for these enormous tariffs,” concluded Viktoriia Voitsitska.