Property tax in tainan city rose by an average of 67% starting this May and is expected to go up even more throughout the next three years. On June 23, Tainan City Council held a meeting on the issue. KMT councillors were unhappy as an independent councillors' motion to lower property taxes had not been scheduled for debate. They physically fought with DPP councillors, turning the council chamber into a fight club.
At the podium, Tainan City Council Speaker Lai Mei-hui shouted for security to maintain order as independent, KMT and DPP councilors fought all around her.
During the scrum, members of the public on the second floor auditorium joined in, hoisting protest banners which called the property tax, a '15 year retroactive tax' as they banged on the plastic dividing panels.
This conflict was due to the Tainan City Council session to pass the second and third readings of regulations. The KMT was unhappy that independent councillor, Chen Chao-lai's motion to lower property tax had not been tabled. They demanded that it be included. However, the Speaker did not count votes but only took a show of hands, which precipitated councillors' dissatisfaction and they invaded the podium and started fighting with the DPP councillors.
==TSAI YU-HUI Tainan City KMT councillor==
Our property taxes are higher than any other city and county, even Taipei City lowered property taxes, the depreciation rate in all cities and counties is high and in Tainan City we only have 1 percent, it is unreasonable, why can the council even discuss this today? why does the city council just have to support whatever the government says?
Unhappy local residents also tried to enter the council floor and were held at the door by Tainan City Police Chief Huang Tsong-ren.
When the meeting resumed, the Chair was willing to take a vote and there were 24 votes against to 20 for. The DPP won by dint of their superior numbers and so no changes were made to the schedule of debate.
==LAI MEI-HUI Tainan City Council Speaker ==
Proposal denied. Thank you, everyone.
In May property tax in Tainan City started a rise which will be spread over three years. On average, tax will rise by 67 percent angering residents. Residents have come forward to protest several times, even entering Tainan City Mayor William Lai's office to protest. However, Lai says that this is not a retroactive tax as the city was not asking people to pay back taxes. Only property built after 2001 was affected around 110,000 households, so this was impacted only the minimal property tax scope possible.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR