By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Democratic Progressive Party city councilors slammed Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je for allocating
an excess budget of NT$1 billion (US$33 million) for events leading to next year’s World Design Capital promotion in Taipei, reports said Wednesday.
During a question-and-answer session at the Taipei City Council in the morning, Ko was asked about the NT$7.27 million (US$243,000) fee resulted from a lavish dinner reception at the W Hotel early last week, the mayor however responded that he is unaware of such expenditure.
The allocated budget, of which NT$500 million (US$16.7 million) had gone to the Taiwan Design Center (TDC) to host series of activities related to the event, was a topic of controversy in which Ko said his administration had not been part of. [FULL STORY]