In a clear move against chareidim in Yerushalayim, Councilwoman Meirav Cohen has sent a letter to the Ministries of the Interior and Finance demanding the immediate elimination of automatic deductions in arnona property tax for low-income families, aware these deductions are the difference between surviving and not for many chareidi families in the capital.
Cohen is opposed to granting automatic reductions in tax, warning it will negatively impact the city’s financial status. She feels the criteria of one’s earning potential may not be ignored, a criteria defined by the national government, and it should be calculated into considering one’s eligibility for a tax deduction in the capital as well. She feels that since this is already calculated by the national government, the local government may rely on this and Jerusalem City Hall needn’t hire employees to make this determination.
Needless to say chareidi councilmen in Jerusalem City Hall are adamantly opposed to such a plan.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)