TEL AVIV (Aug. 29)
The municipal council today approved a budget of $21,280,000 for the current fiscal year. The vote was five to four. The budget provides for the expenditure of $5,600,000–the largest single item–for education.
The opponents of the budget, who represent the labor elements in the council, criticized the present system of taxation. Mayor Israel Rokach retorted by stating that his party, the General Zionists, “repeatedly but vainly complained against the present taxation system in the parliament.”
Meanwhile, it was announced today that the Israel Government has lent the Tel Aviv municipality 360,000 pounds ($1,000,000) with which to build a modern maternity hospital on a site near the present government seat in this city.
The town of Holon was today raised to the status of a municipality, it was officially announced. Elections for the first city council will be held on November 14. The town, which is located southeast of Tel Aviv, has a population of 18,000.