New course aims to show people the money

Tel Aviv's opposition faction, Ir Lekulanu, is opening a course to explain to residents how the city's NIS 4 billion budget is constructed.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
June 24, 2009 14:47

 
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Tel Aviv residents pay the city large sums in municipal taxes every year, but for what exactly is the money used? Now you can find out, thanks to a new and unique course being run by the city's opposition faction, Ir Lekulanu. According to www.mynet.co.il, the NIS 50 course will explain how this year's massive NIS 4 billion municipal budget is constructed, and what is behind the 376 pages of budget documents. According to the report, faction member Noam Hofshteter said the faction's aims in offering the course were to make the budget "more transparent" for residents and to make municipal decision-making processes more open and more cooperative. Hofshteter said that despite the reputed apathy of Tel Aviv residents, many had already signed up to take the course. The report said the course involves four weekly meetings of three hours each in central Tel Aviv. The main lecturer is Eran Klein of the Shatil social change movement.

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