Spanish mayor pay rankings revealed with one official taking home just €6 a year

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CHEAP OFFICIAL: Matilla de Arzon’s Mayor Astorga (inset) makes €6 a year CREDIT: Matilla de Arzon Council (both)

SPAIN’S Public Services Ministry has published a ranking of mayors in order of their yearly earnings, with the lowest paid taking home €6 a year.

The ministry’s Salary Information of Administration Posts (ISPA) showed Consuelo Moran Astorga, Mayor of Matilla de Arzon in Castilla y Leon, earned the least of any city head in Spain. The mayor is not exclusively dedicated to the office meaning she does not work solely for the council.

Manuela Carmena, the Mayor of Madrid, took home the largest annual pay packet with €102,010 in gross earnings.

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The politician, of the Ahora Madrid party, reportedly gives away around €10,000 from her salary in donations.

Carmena was followed in the rankings by the Basque regionalist Partido Nacionalista Vasco’s (PNV) Mayor Juan Mari Aburto of Bilbao. The city head is paid more than €91,318 a year.

Valencia City’s Mayor Joan Ribo of the regionalist Compromis party takes home a gross salary of almost €82,603.

The Mayors of Vitoria, Getxo in the Basque Country and San Cristobal de la Laguna in Tenerife took fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. They earned a total of around €81,861, €79,151 and €79,507.

The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau of the Cataluña en Comun party, does not officially declare her salary but it is estimated to be around €100,000. This would make her the second highest paid mayor in Spain if included in the official ranking.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s annual salary for his government position stands at around €81,000, less than the top three highest paid mayors.

Sanchez also draws a €94,923 annual pay packet for being General Secretary of the left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE).

IPSA statistics showed there are 540 mayors who take home less than €1,000 a year for being the mayor of their towns and cities.

Rafael Marin Belmonte, the PSOE Mayor of Alicun de Ortega in Granada Province, Andalucia, came second to bottom after Mayor Astorga earning €9.80 a year.

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