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Budgetary Performance in Israel's Local Authorities


  • During the past fifteen years, local authorities' deficits have declined markedly, as has the ratio between their debts and their revenues, despite decreased transfers from the government.

  • The improvement in budget discipline is more noticeable among local authorities in the Jewish sector than among those in other sectors, and is observable in communities of all sizes and income levels.

  • As expected, local authorities' deficits are not affected by the business cycle, contrary to the central government deficit.