The tel Aviv district court declared illegal the collection of the municipality of giv’atayim special tax on fire safety, and ordered the mayor to return to the city of 8.2 million shekels linked to a price index.
We are talking about the tax levied in 2009-2010 without the permission of the ministries of Finance and internal Affairs.
Executive action against the municipality was adopted for consideration in 2012. Since then, the municipality tried several times to challenge the legitimacy of the claim (including an appeal to the Supreme court), but to no avail.
According to the decree, the law firm representing the plaintiffs will receive from the municipality a list of persons who paid «fire tax.» Those who left the city will be notified of the opportunity to receive a refund. Those who continue to live in the city, will receive notification of the offsetting return of debt on municipal tax.