Buildings in the Sha’arei Hessed neighborhood.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Transparency, my loveCity council decided in 2013 to double the property tax (arnona) on “ghost apartments” – those properties belonging to owners who often live abroad and only spend a few days in them when they come to the city. The problem is identifying exactly those properties and their owners. Until now, the municipality has managed to identify only 1,400 such units, the increased taxes from which amount to NIS 10 million. But due to laws protecting the privacy and identity of some of the owners, only NIS 4m. of taxes have been collected.