議長序 縣市合併一起拼經濟 高雄市議會歡喜迎新

縣市合併一起拼經濟 高雄市議會歡喜迎新
Kaohsiung City and County Working Together for Economic Growth:
Kaohsiung City Council Welcomes the Future

議長-莊啟旺

  為迎接12月25日高雄縣市合併的日子,二百多萬高雄市民在11月27日投下手中神聖的一票,選出縣市合併後第一屆的高雄市長、市議員及里長為大家服務,也見證大高雄建設發展歷史性的一刻,啟旺身為高雄市議會議長,除了恭賀當選人外,也歡迎來自高雄市各個地區,深獲選民肯定支持的首屆議員加入高雄議會這個大家庭,今後大家也將不分彼此,共同為促進縣市合併後的大高雄發展作出貢獻,回饋市民對我們的期待。
改制後的高雄議會議員人數從原來的44名議員,增加到選後的15個選區66名新科議員,為此高雄市議會調整議員座位空間,迎接新科議員們報到。
高雄縣市合併後,不只是議會在人數及代表區域上有所改變,還將面臨很多問題,包括財政來源的劃分、公共建設的規劃、預算的分配、經濟發展策略等,千頭萬緒,都有賴議員嚴格的監督,才維持良好的施政品質。
隨著選舉的激情已告一段落,但就高雄市民的經濟及生活層面而言,高雄的高失業率是不爭的事實,高雄市議會期待市府團隊積極開創產業投資的機會、拓展觀光、吸引觀光客的同時不僅能刺激高雄的消費,提供稅金減免等足夠的誘因讓廠商有意願到高雄設廠,增加工作機會,市民的生活才能過得更好。以更高的行效率和前瞻性的發展策略,少意識形態、多經濟、多交流,走出台灣、走向世界,大高雄才有發展性。

   By voting in the special municipality election on November 27, the 2 million plus residents of Kaohsiung City elected the first mayor, city councilors and borough chiefs for Greater Kaohsiung, which will come into existence following the merger of Kaohsiung City and County on December 25.
As the speaker of Kaohsiung City Council, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new councilors from districts around the city, who are now part of our extended family. In future we must strive to overcome divisions and work together to make the merger of Kaohsiung City and County as big a success as possible. That is the only way we can truly repay the faith of the electorate in voting us into this chamber.
Following the administrative reforms that underpin this merger, the number of councilors in Kaohsiung City Council will increase from 44 to 66, with 11 new electoral districts. In order to deal with this change we have reorganized seating arrangements in the council chamber to ensure our new members are as comfortable as possible.
After the merger, the Council will not only have to deal with an increase in councilors and electoral districts, it will also face a whole range of new issues and problems, including the division of financial resources, the planning of public infrastructure projects, budgetary allocations, economic development strategy etc. Only by strictly executing their supervisory responsibilities can councilors ensure the quality of the Council's work reaches the highest standard possible.
Although the passion of the election is fading, the residents of Greater Kaohsiung now face the reality of high unemployment that currently plagues our city. To this end, Kaohsiung City Council very much hopes that the city government will be more proactive in creating opportunities for business startups and work to attract more investment to Kaohsiung. For example, developing tourism and attracting more tourists will certainly help to stimulate consumption, but providing such incentives as tax reductions and exemptions would enhance the willingness of firms to build more plants locally, thereby creating more employment opportunities and directly helping to improve life for local residents.
We believe that a more efficient and forward-looking development strategy, one that refuses to be distracted by ideology but rather focuses on economics, expands exchanges and makes a name for Kaohsiung beyond Taiwan, is the best way to ensure Greater Kaohsiung realizes its full potential.