By Aaron Humes: COVID-19 and its economic pains sapped funds from Belizeans as fast as its symptoms drained their health.
But as the economy rebounds, Belizeans have returned to their civic duties – one of which is paying the electric bill to keep the lights on at home.
According to Sean Fuller, General Manager for Commercial and Retail Services for Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), the arrears for payments which once stood at $50 million are down to about $40 million; critically, however, “a little over $30 million is current, for the current month. So it’s really under $20 million owed above 30 days, and like I said, Belizeans are paying their electricity bills; people trust BEL and they know the service we provide is top-notch service and we thank our customers for being able to service their needs.”
That said, Fuller said there are still a few customers who need assistance and BEL has a plan for that: “We are offering to all customers who have issues paying their bills, come in, call us via WhatsApp or our 800 number, or via email and we will set up a payment arrangement for you.”
Fuller says the arrangement can run for six, nine, or 12 months and especially suits those who may not yet have a job. But BEL can work with everyone who wants to work with them to reduce the arrears and maintain their connection.