The 2016 Jerusalem Budget

It may have taken Jerusalem Municipality officials until March to publicize the 2016 Jerusalem budget, but it’s finally here. At 5.17 billion shekels, the 2016 budget is 5% higher than the budget set in 2015. The proceeding is a list of the points deemed most relevant to readers:

City Aesthetics

The 2015 budget for the aesthetics of the city was 20 million shekels. This year, the budget is increasing by 14 million shekels to a total of 34 million shekels.  This budget includes:

  • Increased mechanical street sweeping network
  • Increased budget for cleaning and improving the appearance of East Jerusalem
  • Continued replacement of dumpsters with underground garbage collection pits jerusalem underground garbage containers
  • Continued remodeling, shading and upgrading children’s play areas in parks
  • Neighborhood “theme parks”
  • Continued development of the Gazelle Valley
  • Dozens of new roads within East Jerusalem
  • Increased public crossings
  • Renovated bridges and tunnels
  • Additional neighborhood recycling centers
  • Improved street lighting
  • Hundreds of trees will be added along sidewalks
  • Dozens of renewed streets and sidewalks (at an additional 50 million shekel investment)

Culture, Sports and Leisure

The 91 million shekel budget for cultural development in 2015 is being supplemented with an additional 37 million shekels, for a total of 128 million shekels. This budget includes:

Public Buildings

At 456 million shekels, the financial plan for public buildings is one of the largest parts of the 2016 budget. This budget includes:

  • Continued work on community pools in Beit Hanina, Har Nof, Armon HaNatziv, Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev
  • An Olympic pool complex in Malha jerusalem malcha olympic pool rendering.png
  • More youth centers
  • Hundreds of new classrooms
  • Sports halls for schools in Sanhedria and Beit Hanina

Infrastructure and Transportation

803 million shekels, easily the biggest part of the 2016 budget, has been allotted to the development of infrastructure and transportation. This budget includes:

  • Continued renovation of shopping centers in Kiryat Menachem and Neve Yaakov
  • Promotion of master plans for Ras al-Amud, Abu-Tor, Sur Baher, Beit Safafa, Beit Hanina-Shuafat, Jabel Mukaber, Beit Hakerem, South Nahlaot, Arnona, Rasco, Givat Shaul, Kiryat Moshe, and more
  • New roads to improve access to employment centers and residential neighborhoods of Romema, Givat Shaul, Bayit V’Gan, Abu Tor, Beit Hanina and more
  • Dozens of new roads in East Jerusalem
  • Parking for motorcycles and bicycles
  • Construction of the entrance to the city business district jerusalem city entrance.png
  • Continued work on extension of the light rail red line
  • Master plans for neighborhoods in the business district
  • Municipal reforms, including registering for construction online, as well as energy efficiency of new construction
  • Improved traffic light timing
  • Increased speed bumps, safety barriers, and signposts
  • A restoration plan for Nahal Kidron
  • A program to reduce pollution in the downtown area


The 2016 Jerusalem Budget

Jerusalem Light Rail Interactive Map

An interactive map of the blue, green and red lines (including the extension [in pink]) of the Jerusalem Light Rail is now available. Many of the stations on the map, represented by white circles, are unconfirmed, but the general locations are accurate.

The map demonstrates how much more connected the city will be and just how many neighborhoods the light rail will be able to serve.

Jerusalem Light Rail Interactive Map