EXTRAVAGANT:The Miaoli County government spent NT$374 million on fireworks alone for 2012 National Day celebrations, Control Yuan member Liu Te-hsun said
Date: Oct 08, 2016
By: Lin Liang-sheng, Chang Teng-hsun, Hsu Chan-yi and Jake / Staff reporters, with staff writer
The Control Yuan on Thursday impeached former Miaoli County commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻)
on charges of severe negligence of duty after Liu’s borrowing allegedly led to the county’s financial crisis and a debt of NT$67.6 billion (US$2.15 billion).
Liu issued a statement through his aides saying that he regrets being impeached, but rests assured that he is innocent, adding that he hopes the Control Yuan can make a more detailed investigation.
Control Yuan Committee members Liu Te-hsun (劉德勳) and Kao Feng-hsien (高鳳仙) cited a National Audit Office Miaoli branch report issued in August for fiscal 2015, which said that the county government’s public deficit reached NT$39.2 billion.
The county’s underfunded liabilities included NT$16.7 billion in loans from the central government’s special Reserved Centrally Funded Tax Revenues (特別統籌分配款), special accounts and foundation funds, as well as NT$11.6 billion in unpaid annual expenses as of fiscal 2013, the report said. [FULL STORY]