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3. Alcalde y consejales

The "alcalde" (mayor) has the overall leadership of the municipality. Sometimes he has certain specific responsibilities as well. But mostly such responsibility is divided between the "consejales" (councillors). That can be finance, urbanistic matters and work, health, education and culture, sport, tourism and environment matters.

The town hall is divided into different departments and services. It will always have a 'registro' (register) where any written document may be presented. There will be a department for local taxes and charges (even if some of them are collected by provincial collection agencies) and a department for urbanistic planning and works. If you have a matter to discuss with the local administration, you must find out which department or councillor handles it. Some municipalities have information departments, and some even have information offices for the foreigners.

The mayor and the "pleno" make decisions. But often certain authorities are delegated to "comisiones", the most important being the "comision de gobierno" (government commission). The commissions may also be bodies where a matter be discussed before a decision taken by another part of government.

Citizens have the right to attend council meetings, and even to be heard on certain matters, especially if they represent registered associations.

 

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