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Central Government Excludes Kinmen from Subsidy Program on Pay Raises for the Military, Civil Servants and Teachers Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai Expresses His Concern and Protests against Injustice

Central Government Excludes Kinmen from Subsidy Program on Pay Raises for the Military, Civil Servants and Teachers
Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai Expresses His Concern and Protests against Injustice
2017/09/15
Reporter: Wong Wei-Jhih/Kinmen County Government
The Central Government decided to give a 3% pay raise to the military, civil servants, and teachers. Some local governments reported that they were unable to raise funds due to poor finances. Chu Tzer-Ming, Minister of the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, responded to the media yesterday (September 14th) that the Central Government would subsidize 14 cities or counties for the increase in the personnel costs due to the pay raises except for 8 cities or counties with financial surplus, namely the six municipalities, Hsinchu City and Kinmen County. In this regard, Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai expressed his concern in the first place and asked Lin De-Gong, Secretary General, and Wang Kun-Long, Director-General of the Accounting and Statistics Department, to protest against the injustice of the Central Government on the media yesterday.
Wang Kun-Long, Director-General of the Accounting and Statistics Department, indicated that as a county without debts, Kinmen County enjoyed better finances due to its long-term commitment to increasing revenue and reducing expenditures rather than a groundless reason. In recent years, as the earnings of county-owned Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. have decreased, and the ongoing public infrastructure projects cost a considerable amount of funds, the annual deficit has increased overall. The Central Government always encourages local governments to improve their financial systems, but it cannot be the cause to have Kinmen County Government bear the additional personnel costs that incur by the Central Government’s pay raise policy for the military, civil servants and teachers.
According to Lin De-Gong, Secretary General, the county government definitely supports the Central Government’s decision to provide pay raises for civil servants in 2018 due to an economic upturn and for the purpose of boosting their morale. The increase in personnel costs in Kinmen County Government is about NT$105.3 million. Over the past years, the Central Government provided subsidies on pay raises for local governments equally. Kinmen County Government has strived to achieve a surplus for Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. and collect tobacco and alcohol tax. If Kinmen County Government is excluded from the Central Government’s subsidy program on additional personnel costs due to financial surplus, it is really unacceptable.
Lin De-Gong also said frankly that such a policy is like a punishment to cities or counties with good finances and shows no rationality or legitimacy. Kinmen County Government specifically appealed to the Central Government for recalling its order and providing the subsidy on the increase in personnel costs due to pay raises for each city or county equally.

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