In Almuñécar on the 14th, the Almuñécar Town Council held a Extraordinary Plenary Meeting to approve Mancomunidad representatives.
Almuñécar will send three from the PP, one of whom is the Mayor, Juan José Ruiz Joya and two of his Vice-Mayors, Rafael Caballero Jiménez
and María del Carmen Reinoso Herrero.
There will be one more Almuñécar representative who will sit on the Mancomunidad de Costa Tropical council and that is Antonio Miguel Aragón Olivares who belongs to the opposition party, Convergencia Andaluza (Benavides’ party).
Now, having so many Vice Mayors was already controversial as they are paid more than standard councillors, but with these nominations they will now receive an extra salary.
Almuñécar is not the only town which will nominate representatives on the Mancomunidad’s Council as each town will do so.
Going back to 2015, for instance, 80% of the total budget for the organisation went on salaries. The socialist Chairman back then, Sergio García Alabarce, received 29,250 euros annually and other representatives between 22,800 euros and 20,500 euros. Add to that the Seguridad Social and the outlay was 130,000 euros a year in salaries.
The entity came into being in 1995 and up to that point representative did not receive any salary other than the one they received from their respective Town Halls.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)