City Hall’s electricity cut off
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – City Hall was in darkness last night after Guyana Power and Light (GPL) disconnected power to the building on Sunday.
“We got no notice. It may be part of the pressures of central government,” said city Mayor Hamilton Green when contacted.
He said that he had not been informed of the disconnection and was trying to ascertain whether the Town Clerk had been informed. In the past, the municipality faced repeated power woes after being unable to pay electricity bills.
The buildings without power included the City Constabulary and Engineers Department. Chairman of the GPL board, Winston Brassington, said he was unaware that the electricity to City Hall had been disconnected.
Green pointed out that the city had obtained an interim injunction earlier this year to have the electricity reconnected and said that the time might have run out, but he would have to confirm this.
The mayor said that government had not paid its second and third quarter taxes, which he said were “due and payable.” He also said that GPL refused to pay taxes owed by its predecessor, the Guyana Electricity Corporation, saying it was a new company. Green said that the actions had political and other implications and described it as a “tragic situation.”
In June, Green said that the municipality’s average electricity costs amounted to over GUY$13M per month, the majority of which was street lighting which cost GUY$9.2M monthly. At the time, he said that City Hall was seeking a deal with GPL as it related to the monies owed. (Stabroek News)