Jerusalem (Jan. 20)
Advance details on the Palestine Government’s budget for 1934-35 are published in Davar from a reliable source.
The government had appointed a special committee to study budgetary questions, apparently with the object of drawing up recommendations for further expenditure, the Hebrew daily states, in view of the incessant rise in revenues. The estimates for the next fiscal year, beginning April 1, were thoroughly gone into by this committee, which completed its work under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary John Hathorn Hall a few days ago.
Next year’s revenues were preassessed at Â£3,500,000 (about $17,500,000). Last year’s estimate of Â£2,859,000 was exceeded when revenue for eight months amounted to Â£2,500,000.
Large amounts for road construction, agricultural relief, and village water supplies, as well as for loans to peasants, are said to figure in next year’s budget. Public works appropriations have been increased.
Jewish institutions, such as educational and health services, are as usual given scanty sums, remarks the paper, but grants to Arab schools under government auspices have been increased. Slight increases in grants-in-aid are to be given to the Agricultural Experiment Station of the Jewish Agency and to the Tel Aviv City Hospital.
The draft estimates have been forwarded with the recommendation of the High Commissioner for approval by the Colonial Office in London.