Changhua Qualified to Become Special Municipality 彰化爭升格第七都 縣長:免修法已達條件

Changhua County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei pointed out that the county population meets the requirement for an upgrade to special municipality, so no laws need to be amended to make that happen.


Changhua County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei promoted her county's New Year's Day events in Yuanlin City on Dec. 27. She talked about Changhua's attempt to become the seventh special municipality. Wang pointed out Changhua meets the prerequisites to be upgraded and no laws will need to be amended. She added it will be unfair if the central government allows Hsinchu City and Hsinchu County to merge into a special municipality first.

Wang Huei-mei, Changhua County Magistrate: “The people of Changhua aren't weaker than anyone else. However, there is no way for those who qualify to be upgraded to be upgraded. If they upgrade those who aren't qualified, then I think our 1.25 million people will feel the same as me. Changhua is the place that meets the requirements. No laws need to be amended. We have enough of a population, and we meet all the requirements.”

Wang said the Hsinchu merger is uncertain because it involves amending the Local Government Act. Meanwhile, Changhua's population already meets the requirement of 1.25 million for an upgrade to a special municipality, and no laws will need to be amended. If Changhua's industries, culture, and transport conditions are successfully upgraded, it and Taichung can become the twin engines for central Taiwan's development. The Changhua County Government sent a notice to the Ministry of the Interior for consideration on Dec. 27. Local residents had differing opinions about a possible upgrade.

Changhua County Resident: “An upgrade would of course be better. There will definitely be a difference in terms of benefits, as well as in funding (compared to other counties and cities).”

Changhua County Resident: “What's the point of having so many special municipalities? Taiwan is already so small, and if everyone is a special municipality, what's going to happen to the rest? You might as well upgrade everyone, everyone can become a special municipality.”

The county government said an upgrade would attract more companies and youths, as well lead to an increase in the collection of business taxes and create new opportunities. It hopes the central government will review its application as soon as possible.

 

 

 

彰化縣長王惠美來到員林宣傳彰化縣元旦的慶祝活動,再度提到彰化爭取升格。王惠美強調,彰化縣已經達成共識,不用修法就達到升格條件。但是如果讓新竹縣市先合併升格,對彰化人不公平。

王惠美說:「彰化人也沒有比人家細漢(弱勢),我們有資格升格的人沒有辦法升格,(如果)沒資格的人都升格了,你看我們125萬的縣民,一定跟我都會有一樣的感受。」她認為,升格條件最好的是彰化,不用修法且人口數也夠,各方條件充足。

王惠美表示,目前新竹縣市,還在因為修地制法而紛擾,但彰化縣的人口數,已經達到升格直轄市的法定門檻125萬人,不用修法就可以直接升格,而彰化的產業、人文及交通要件,如果順利升格,將和台中市成為中部發展的雙引擎,已經在27日送交內政部審議。不過彰化民眾對於升格的看法不盡相同。

彰化民眾認為:「升格當然是比較好,福利一定是有差,經費(和其他縣市)也有差。」

另位民眾則說:「你設這麼多(直轄市)幹什麼,一個台灣就這麼小,大家都是直轄市,剩下的(怎麼辦),你乾脆全部升一升,大家都是直轄市。」

彰化縣府表示,順利升格之後,將吸引更多企業以及青年回流,營業稅收也可因此增加,也增加彰化改變的新契機,希望中央盡快審議。

 

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