From revenue to expenditure

1. Local revenue

This is collected through direct taxes (e.g. property tax) and municipal charges (e.g. for rubbish collection).

2. Other revenue sources

The municipal budget receives other revenue, mainly from Spain’s central government and the Catalan regional government, which are responsible for collecting other revenue, e.g. from VAT and income tax.

3. What is it used for?

The City Council uses the municipal budget to maintain public services and the city’s infrastructures.

Revenue and Expenditure at Barcelona City Council

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Budget data for

  • Actual total
    • Revenue

    • Expenditure

  • Budgeted total
    • Revenue

    • Expenditure

  • Non-financial subtotal
    • Revenue

    • Expenditure

  • Current subtotal
    • Revenue

    • Expenditure

  • Capital subtotal
    • Revenue

    • Expenditure

  • Financial subtotal
    • Revenue

    • Expenditure

Subtotals are calculated using the implementation figures for the years in which the settlement is completed or, failing that, the budget is approved.

Budget indicators
Funding capacity or necessity
€139.3 million €22.2 million €100.2 million €97.5 million
Current savings / Current revenue
19.8% 25.1% 19.7% 19.6%
Outstanding debt
€1,101.4 million €971.7 million €835.7 million €835.5 million
Outstanding debt / Current revenue
46.7% 38.6% 32.8% 32.9%
Liquidity Surplus for General Expenditures
€411.0 million €285.5 million €195.9 million €155.8 million

Data sources


  • Income and expenditure shown only refer to Barcelona City Council.
  • The amounts shown as budgeted refer to the budget’s final estimates and appropriations.
  • The expenses data for policies, programmes and sub-programmes were standardised under the budget structure for current programmes.