On the occasion of the Conference of Mayors (November 21-24, 2022), IFOP conducted a study that measures their state of mind and (re)actions in the face of energy price hikes that affect them with a whip to the point of threat. Balance their budget, or even their sustainability. Conducted for Hellio, a cross-sector expert on regeneration and energy efficiency, and the magazine’s representatives in general, this survey of a nationally representative sample of 600 mayors highlights concern that the energy crisis is causing the future of their community, their dissatisfaction with the government’s management of the crisis, as well as The many actions you take to deal with it. In this context, with a record number of mayors planning to throw in the towel, this poll is the first to show that this price explosion is driving some not to pay their bills, or even to merge with a neighboring municipality.
The main characters of the study
Mayors in the face of the future, prospects bleak
- More than half (55%) of mayors in France do not wish to run again at the end of their term, particularly mayors who are older (72% of those over 70 years of age) and rural (56%) and whose operating budget is at least 10% devoted to energy (62%). That number of mayors planning to throw in the towel is the highest rate measured by Ifop in 20 years.
- The future of some municipalities seems to be in suspense: in the context of rising energy prices, 16% of city council members plan to merge with a neighboring municipality. This number, which has not yet been measured, is a sign of concerns about the sustainability of the hexagonal municipal fabric.
- Another sign of mayoral anarchy, 12% of them think, As suggested by the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Marne Zartoshti-Bakhtiari, Not paying the additional cost to be paid to their power supplyparticularly the mayors of municipalities whose share of energy consumption in their operating budget exceeds 20% (30%).
The negative view of the city council members regarding the work of the government
- Nearly two-thirds (63%) of mayors say they are dissatisfied with the government’s work To help municipalities deal with rising energy costs, with very reasonable variances based on the share of energy consumption in their operating budget.
- It must be said that the government’s measures did not seem to live up to their expectations: 67% believe that extending the customs shield to include local authorities in 2023 is insufficient And the 73% say funding for energy transition aid is low.
Faced with rising costs, the mayors are concerned but are willing to step in
- Nine out of ten say they are concerned about rising energy prices to their operating budget, and More than half (55%) “are very concerned“.
- This concern turned out to be related to the increasing share of energy consumption in their operating budget. while Dec 2021 average share was 10% so overall it’s up to 14% today.
- In the face of this increasing inflation, City council members are considering (or have already decided to) take drastic measures such as turning off the lights at night (82%) Or even a highly unpopular decisionIncrease local taxes (24%).
The Ifop study of Hellio and public representatives was conducted by telephone from 20 October to 10 November 2022 with a nationally representative sample of 609 mayors, representatives of all mayors in France. The data were modified on the basis of the following variables: gender, age, area, and size of the urban unit. The quota and adjustment variables were determined using data from the Ministry of Interior on the census of mayors from the 2021 municipal elections.
evop – François Kraus – Director of the Political Department: 0661003776 – email@example.com
Helio – Julie Baquet – Communications Director: 06 68 61 86 66 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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