THE Mayor of Velez-Malaga has initiated the procedures which should result in the town being declared a ‘largely populated municipality’. The classification would give the town access to more funds. Francisco Delgado Bonilla has ordered an administrative report in accordance with regional legislation, which will be carried out by local specialists.
The category of ‘large populated municipality’ is applied to Andalucian municipalities which are province capitals with a population of fewer than 175,000 people, as well as those with more than 75,000 inhabitants with special economic, social, historical and cultural characteristics, which the mayor has requested be justified in the report.
He pointed out how important it would be for the town to be given this classification, as it would put it up amongst the most important municipalities in Andalucia and would allow for a different financial and administrative structure. It would also give the town access to more funds which would allow the council to better respond to the needs of local residents.
The only ‘largely populated municipality’ in the province is Marbella.
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