[BS/RBS list] Important Bet Shemesh News Review from Local weeklies

G Saltan gabisalt at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 5 04:48:21 EDT 2015


2016 BUDGET PASSES
 
The 2016 budget was passed this past thursday's city council meeting.
http://betshemesh.muni.il/articles,419.html
It now goes to MIsrad HaPanim for approval and certification.
Here are the highlights:
- 5% increase in Arnona (property taxes) for residents within 2 years
- city's population is now 110,000 souls
  http://bsn.co.il/%D7%97%D7%93%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%AA/%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%91-%D7%91%D7%9E%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%90%D7%94-%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A2%D7%A6%D7%AA-%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%99%D7%A8-%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%93%D7%A8%D7%A9-%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%A9%D7%A8-%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%94-%D7%91%D7%90%D7%A8%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%94/5248
- 3,000 dunam were annexed to the city's borders
  http://betshemesh.muni.il/?view=articles&id=280
- 2015 budget was reduced by 25 Million NIS as part of efficiency program
- city has a budget deficit of 150 Million NIS
- commericial arnona rates to increase 40-50% within two years
  this covers mostly businesses in the old Bet Shemesh in the following streets:
  o Rehov Ben Tzvi
  o Rehov Hertzl
  o Rehov Bialik
  o Rehov Rambam
  o and others
- budget was passed despite a coalition member voting against it (Mordechai 
  Direnfeld). The reason it passed was because two opposition city council 
  members did not vote against it (Rav Chaim Ben Margi, Elliasaf Verman, 
  both of Bayit Yehudi)
- the city council has tried three times before to submit a budget to
  Misrad HaPanim, and it was rejected outright. This would be the fourth
  attempt.
- 2500 residents left the city in 2015
- budget also included discounts for families under the poverty level
  or with many children. This discount amounted to 31 million NIS 
- On Jul 14th, a demonstration has been scheduled at Kenyon Neimi
  https://he-il.facebook.com/shopping.mekomi
  to voice displeasure by residents and business ship owners at the 
  passing of the 2016 budget
 
ENGINEERING OFFICE CLOSED FOR A WEEK
 
From July 5-13, the city's engineering office will
be closed. They are located on Rehov Sorek in RBS.
http://betshemesh.muni.il/?view=news&id=186
 
CITY's WEB SITE NOT REGULARLY UPDATED DESPITE PAYMENTS
 
As can be seen in the city's Web site
http://betshemesh.muni.il/?view=protocols&year=2015
Protocols of prior city council meetings have not been
updated since May of last year. The city is paying
145K NIS per year to upkeep the web site.
 
NEW ORANGE RECYCLING BINS INSTALLED THROUGHOUT THE CITY
 
In addition to the recent purple glass recycling containers, the
new orange containers are supposed to be for recycling packaging materials.
This web site identifies the items that the orange containers will
accept. http://www.tmir.org.il/
 
-Gabi
Moazta Bayit Yehudi Bet Shemesh
9th on list of BS Hozeret/BY

 		 	   		  


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