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The Council's Duties And Powers

FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL

Taipei City Council's main functions are twofold: Firstly, the council helps to prevent City Government autocracy, and secondly, it oversees the municipal administration, in other words, it ensures that through the administration, maximum welfare for the citizens is accomplished.

DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL

1.
To examine and resolve laws governing the rights and obligations of the citizens in Taipei: 

Municipal  laws  are  enacted  according   to  the needs of the city.
Two methods of enacting a new act:

  1  Proposals submitted by the Taipei City Government and approved by the Council through a three-reading procedure.
  2. Proposals made by one or more council members, approved by the Council through a three-reading procedure and sent to the Taipei City Government for execution.
2.
To deliberate the annual budget and audit disbursement reports of the City Government: 

The council ensures that the money is well spent.The Council ensures that tax revenues are well spent and supervises the City Government for theexecution of the budget.

3.
To approve levy of taxes in Taipei City.
  The City Government is not allowed to levy special taxes, provisional taxes or surtaxes without the
  completion  of the third reading procedure by  the Council.
4.
To deliberate disposals of the municipal assets:
Any disposal of the municipal property has to be agreed upon by more than two-thirds of the councilors.
5.
To deliberate the special municipality’s organizational autonomy statutes and bylaws and those of its subordinate agencies: 
The Council oversees the running of the City Government and its sub-organizations.
6.
To approve proposals made by the City Government and councilors:
   The Council approves proposals of all kinds and, by doing so, is able to reflect  citizens’ expectations.
7.
To receive citizens’ petitions:
The Council accepts the suggestions of citizens for public affairs and protects their rights and interests.
8.
To carry out other functions authorized by other laws or central regulations.

A COUNCIL MEMBER'S DUTIES

To reflect the citizens' views and act as the citizens' sounding board, to ensure that the city administration is moving in the right direction. To play the role of a go-between in settling disputes among the citizens, receive their complaints and act as a bridge between the citizens and the City Government. On behalf of citizens, councilors examine and approve the city budget, municipal laws and regulations, and oversee the execution of municipal construction.

WAYS FOR COUNCILORS TO EXERCISE THEIR DUTIES AND POWERS

POWER OF RESOLUTION
In order to examine the proposals of all kinds, council members are apportioned into seven committees. After a proposal has been reviewed in the re- spective committee, it is reported to or submitted to the Plenary for further deliberation.
POWER OF INTERPELLATION
The mayor and department commissioners of the City Government are required to present oral or written reports concerning different administration plans to the Council and to answer questions raised by councilors in the Council Chamber. In the "Mayoral Interpellation Sessions", the mayor is required to be present and to respond to interpellations raised by councilors regarding important municipal policies. In the "Department Interpellation Sessions", department commissioners are required to be present to respond to the interpellations raised by councilors regarding the running of their respective departments.
POWER OF PROPOSAL
A council member has the power to propose a suggestion to the Council. The proposal must be co- signed by at least three other councilors. If approved by the Council, the proposals are sent to the City Gov- ernment for implementation. On the other hand, proposals regarding municipal laws must be co-signed by at least one-fifth of the Council members, and examined by the Procedure Committee of the Council before being submitted to the Plenary for discussion and resolution.