Dubious Generosity

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
By Martin Myall

AND Ayuntamiento_Granada OnLThe new Granada City Council is facing criticism over the amount of Vice-Mayors it has created; i.e., five vice-mayoralties bringing the total up to seven.

The socialist opposition say that this ‘proliferation’ will cost the municipal coffers an extra 400,000 euros a year for the salary payroll. The new Mayor, however, says that it’s ‘only’ 25,000 euros as each Vice-Mayor gets an extra 5,000 euros per annum.

The previous socialist Mayor only had two Vice-Mayors so the decision to bring it up to seven in number means an increase of five.

The salary for a Councillor on the City Council is 50,510 euros a year, so a Vice-Mayor would earn 55,293 euros.

When the Mayor, César Díaz, was questioned over the need to have seven Vice-Mayors, he said that the objective was to “coordinate areas” as the present City Council is run by a coalition. This translates for ‘greasing’ the connection between departments run by different parties (PP and Ciudadanos)

However, the socialists point out that Mayor Díaz, when in the opposition, praised the socialist Mayor’s decision to bring down the number of Vice-Mayors from five to only two.

But politicians awarding themselves pay increases is not limited to the capital, however, as the first thing that the new Mayor of Lanjarón did was to increase his party’s councillors salaries by 25%, bless his cotton socks.

The socialists were “shocked,” they said because the conservative mayor hadn’t even consulted the finances of the municipality to see if it were viable – it isn’t as Lanjaron’s accounts are categorised as ‘Financial Risk’ by Hacienda.

The Mayor will now receive 42,452 euros per annum, which is the maximum permitted by law, meaning a 20% increase. The Vice-Mayor, Armando Cuesta, will now receive 31,839, which is s whopping 40% increase.

Sr. Cuestas case deserves more explanation… during the last legislature he received 22,000 euros with 100% dedication (full-time employment) whereas he now gets approaching 32,000 with only 75% dedication (three-quarter-time employment).

Take the case, also, of Councillor Antonia Romero who in eight years has received a 42% salary raise but lowered her dedication percentage from 100% to just 60% – much more money and much less time actually worked.

*Sigh!*

(News: Lanjaron, Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Andalucia)

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