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Central government vows restraint in plans of expansion

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The central government will refrain from increasing the size of local governments to the extent that it would compromise the principle of streamlining their structure, the Central Personnel Administration (CPA) said in a press statement.

The Examination Yuan’s Ministry of Civil Services said on Thursday that the number of employees in local governments could be increased by 22,500 after Taipei County is upgraded to a municipality and the counties and cities of Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung are merged into municipalities at the end of next year.

In accordance with related regulations, a municipality with a population of more than 2 million is allowed to have a maximum of 15,400 employees, while the number of government staff is capped at 6,500 for a municipality with a population between 1.25 million and 2 million. Chou Chiu-ling (周秋玲), director of the Department of Laws and Regulations at the ministry, said that Taipei County would be allowed to increase its staff by 6,668, while the staff numbers could be increased in the merger of Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan by 9,439, 5,628, and 669 respectively.

All the counties and cities said in their proposals that they would not increase the number of staff by a large margin because they are all on a limited budget, Chou said. In the proposals, Taichung County and Taichung City wished to increase staff by 1,000 in the first stage. Tainan County and Tainan City said that the number of staff in a merged Tainan City would remain at the current level, as did Taipei County. Kaohsiung County and Kaohsiung City said they would hire more staff in a gradual manner, Chou said.

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