Budapest Kehillah Faces Huge Deficit; Asks Permit to Increase Taxes

Facing a huge deficit of half a million Pengoes the Budapest Kehillah has now turned to the government for aid which may be granted either by permission to increase its tax on the Jewish population or by subsidies for the maintenance of the institutions.

The government at first declined permission for an increase of the taxes. At yesterday’s session of the parliamentary finance committee, Deputy Paul Sandor raised the issue, declaring that failing any other action, the Kehillah would be compelled to go to court and to leave to the state to take care of the Kehillah schools and hospitals which have, in recent years, taken care of a greater number of Christian than Jewish sick.

The Minister of Finance, pressed for an answer, declared that he will consider the granting of greater subventions to the Jewish Teachers Seminary and will likewise permit increase of 10 per cent in the Kehillah tax in certain cases.

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