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Mayor Sets out Administrative Goals for 2018, Highlights Senior Care and Birth Rates
On October 25, Mayor Ko Wen-je delivered a report on the administrative plan and overall fiscal budget for 2018 at Taipei City Council.
The annual expenditure will grow by NT$8.87 billion to NT$174.63 billion, an increase of 5.35%. Thanks to sound budgetary control, there is no need to raise loans for next year, the mayor noted.
The 2018 administrative plan covers eight strategic approaches, including “creating a sustainable environment,” “promoting sound urban development,” “advocating cultural diversity,” “optimizing labor force,” “strengthening social support,” “enhancing education system,” “enforcing health and safety,” and “bolstering sound governance.”
Given the change in demographic structure due to low birth rates and an aging population, the City proposes more spending on policies to boost birth rates and improve senior welfare. Measures include continuous provision of birth incentives and child-rearing subsidies, as well as expansion of nursing facilities and preferential offers in public services for the elderly.
Regarding the proposed NT$1.25 billion in second reserve fund, the mayor reckoned that the budget will be used for implementing contingency plans, such as urgent relief and response to alleviate damage from extreme weather or epidemics.