In the sprawling debate re political greed and pay disparities at a municipal level there has afaik been a lack of serious comparison with other EU countries. Since it is not completely inconceivable that municipal financial reform will be imposed by Brussels without reference to domestic opinion, I thought it would be interesting to guesstimate how much the average Spanish mayor and executive councillor might earn (salary + expenses) under an adapted version of the Dutch system, which is transparent and widely accepted.
I say average because Holland has much smaller regional disparities in prices and GDP per cap – evidently a village mayor in the Barcelona periphery should make more than one in Cáceres. Holland also has no large cities – Amsterdam is about 700,000 – so some extrapolation would be required.
The data at SueldosPublicos.com lacks clarity (what’s included, what not) and organisation (spreadsheets, anyone?), but a couple of examples suggest that some of its more succulent headlines may be misplaced. For example,
- if Núría Marín Martínez, mayoress of Hospitalet de Llobregat really only makes 77K salary + 27K expenses, the Dutch might be able to put up with her.
- Xavier Trias, mayor of Barcelona (= >2*Amsterdam), doesn’t look overpriced at 147K all in.
- Barcelona T10 price inflation vs general consumer price inflation
How the PSC screwed up transport pricing strategy for the 2010 regionals and 2011 municipals.
- Top 10 Catalan cities
An example of the complete bollocks with which travel sites think you’ll be satisfied is to be found on Travelcreek, which
- How many votes did it take to elect your councillor in the 2011 Catalan municipals?
The answer’s somewhere between 11 and 5,016. Time to merge small ayuntamientos?
- Barcelona debt
“Clos!” mutters a wealthy neighbour every time it rains, confident that doom is imminent for Barcelona’s dentally salient mayor. In fact
- The way we was