People back in the UK keep asking me how much money I have to pay monthly for my house for things like utility bills and council tax. Well, water, electricity and telephone bills come every month. Water and telephone is hardly anything and the price stays the same every month. It doesn’t seem to matter how much water I use, it is always 143 Baht. For the telephone, I only pay about 100 Baht or so rental a month. All phone calls I make are done on my cell phone. Electricity is really the only one I have to keep an eye on as it can be expensive. However, I have now managed to get this down from 4,000+ Baht a month to an average of 1,100 Baht.
I live down a small cul-de-sac. We have street lighting but I have never been asked to pay any form of council tax for this or any other local services like fire, police, ambulance etc. I have no idea how they pay for these things. Certainly doesn’t come from householders. The only other miscellaneous bill I have is for garbage collection. Someone came around to collect this from me this afternoon. As you can see from the receipt above, it was 30 Baht for the month of September. I think this is the first time that I have paid it in five years and probably only the third time since I bought this house. It always feels like a scam when they come around but the receipt looks real enough. What I never understand is why they don’t ask for back-pay on the months that they didn’t catch anyone at home.
What’s your experience with the garbage collectors?