UNREGISTERED residents lose La Nucia €1.1 million each year. The town has a population of 19,135 residents according to national statistics institute INE, entitling the town to a yearly transfer of €3.3 million from the central government.
The true number is nearer 30,000, the town hall believes. If La Nucia can increase the padron to 25,500 the amount from Madrid would increase by 34 per cent, bringing in another €1.1 million.
Not only the town hall stands to profit, because the extra money could be ploughed back into the municipality. Services would improve and local taxes lowered, explained mayor Bernabe Cano.
The town hall, backed by the collaboration of several foreign consulates, has launched an Empadronamiento campaign, encouraging residents of all nationalities to register on the “padron.”
Posters have been printed in several languages. “Register now,” urges the English-language version, under the heading “We are all residents of La Nucia.”
Empadronamiento also provides both foreign and Spanish residents with access to vital services that include schools, health care and social services, Cano pointed out.