Italian city assists with utility bills

City leaders in Florence, Italy, have launched a fund drive to aid residents in paying skyrocketing utility bills.


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February 23, 2022 - 9:23 AM

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Florence is famed for its contributions to Italian art, architecture and cuisine. But these days, local leaders in the city regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance are concerned with more mundane matters: paying the bills.

Amid soaring energy costs across Europe, officials have teamed up with a local nonprofit to help fixed-income retirees keep their power on through an “Adopt-a-Bill” fundraising campaign.

A significant number of Florence’s retirees, however, live on less than $10,205 a year and can’t afford to make ends meet with an expected 55% increase in home electricity costs and a 42% hike in residential gas bills, he said.

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