Tainan budget screening upset by council-gov’t row

The China Post news staff

The lingering row between Tainan Mayor William Lai and independent councilors over budget quota allocation may cause the city council to be unable to complete screening the city government budget plans for this year before the legal deadline of March 25.

Several interim sessions of the council were aborted due to boycotts by a union of independent councilors, who tried in vain to ask Lai to grant them a quota of the construction budget. The city council was slated to hold a temporary session on March 15 to screen the fiscal budget proposals, but later decided to postpone the session to March 25 as some councilors argued that March 15 was too soon.