VELEZ-MALAGA has been given a three million euro boost to its budget following a rise in its share of central government taxes.
In 2013 the town council should receive more than 16 million euros from central government as its cut of national taxes, up from 13 million euros this year.
Now, in an attempt to fill its coffers even more, the council is launching a campaign to encourage residents to sign the padron.
It is the padron – which is supposed to show the total number of a municipality´s residents – that is used to calculate the amount of money a town gets from central and regional government
But council officials have estimated there may be as many as 10,000 people in the area who have failed to sign on to the register.
¨These citizens should know that if they are not registered they cannot benefit from the help given to soften the rise in the rates,¨ said Councillor for Finance, Manuel Gutierrez.