Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

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Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
עיריית תל אביב-יפו
Municipality
Flag of Tel Aviv
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Emblem of Tel Aviv
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Location of Tel Aviv-Yafo in Israel, and its municipal area (dark grey) and Gush Dan around it (light grey).
Location of Tel Aviv-Yafo in Israel, and its municipal area (dark grey) and Gush Dan around it (light grey).
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality borders
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality borders
Country  Israel
District Tel Aviv District
Seat Tel Aviv
Government
 • Mayor Ron Huldai
Time zone Israel Standard Time (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) Israel Summer Time (UTC+3)
Website tel-aviv.gov.il
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality (Hebrew: עיריית תל אביב-יפו‎) is the arm of local government responsible for the administration of the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality handles such municipal affairs as education, culture, social welfare, infrastructure, urban planning and sanitation. The current head of the municipality is Ron Huldai.[1]

History[edit]

Beit HaVa'ad, 1924

Meir Dizengoff was appointed head of the town planning in 1911. When Tel Aviv was recognized as a city, Dizengoff was elected mayor, remaining in office until his death.[2]

The Tel Aviv municipality was initially located on Rothschild Boulevard. When more office space was needed, the municipality rented a hotel on Bialik Street, near the home of national poet Chaim Nachman Bialik, which had been built by the Skura family in 1924. The hotel had opened for business in 1925 but closed due to the lack of tourists. In 1928, the municipality bought the hotel.[3]

A new city hall was designed in the 1950s by architect Menachem Cohen, in the Brutalist style. The large plaza, Rabin Square, at the foot of the building was designed as a central area for public events and ceremonies. [4]It is located on Ibn Gabirol Street.

Historic municipality building, 2007

In 1972, the old building was converted into a museum for the history of Tel Aviv.[5]

Administration[edit]

The municipality is governed by a 31-member council elected by proportional representation every five years. Parties represented include One Tel Aviv Labour/Kadima faction, the Senior Citizens faction, the New Movement-Meretz and the Greens, the Likud and a number of religious parties such as Shas.[6]

Tel Aviv mayor Roni Milo of Likud governed with a broad coalition of parties. He was defeated by Huldai in the municipal elections of November 1998. In 2003, Huldai was re-elected by a wide margin. He replaced the system of administration in which municipal divisions were headed by aldermen representing different coalition factions with a centralized system in which divisions are headed by top civil servants who report to him.[7]

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