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Magistrate Huang Once Again Named 5-Star Magistrate with 72% Satisfaction Rate in Global Views Monthly Magazine’s 2016 Degree of Satisfaction Survey for Local Leaders



Posted Unit:Taitung County Government



The June issue of Global Views Monthly magazine showed the results of the 2016 Degree of Satisfaction Survey for Local Leaders. This was the first year that city mayors and county magistrates were divided into the three categories of special municipalities (6), cities/counties located on Taiwan proper (13), and outlying island counties (3). Besides Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu, Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te, Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi, and Taitung County Magistrate Justin Huang again receiving five-star ratings, Lienchiang County Magistrate Liu Tseng-ying was also given five stars. As for Taitung, nearly 72% of respondents expressed satisfaction with Magistrate Huang’s governance.

So as to make the evaluation fair given the fact that there are sure to be differences, whether great or small, in population, resources, and finances, Global Views Monthly divided Taiwan’s 22 mayors and magistrates into the three categories of special municipalities (6), cities/counties located on Taiwan proper (13), and outlying island counties (3). Most of the five-star leaders were the same as in years past, namely, Mayors Lai and Chen of Tainan and Kaohsiung, respectively, in the special municipality category, and Magistrates Fu and Huang of Hualien and Taitung, respectively, in the category of Taiwan proper. This year, the only new face on the five-star roster was Lienchiang County Magistrate Liu Tseng-ying. Magistrate Huang received a score of 74, with 71.9% of respondents expressing they were satisfied with his policies and 17.7% expressing dissatisfaction.

Noteworthy is that in looking at the history of the survey, it can be seen that regions on the east coast and outlying islands, which are known for having less resources, have been able to turn their shortcomings around, proving that being a rural region is not necessarily the problem it has been stigmatized with. This year’s results show that while other repeat five-star winners received about the same scores of the prior year, Magistrate Huang’s score improved.

So as to give a clearer analysis of the rates of satisfaction, the survey not only evaluates the performance of mayors and magistrates, but also the aspects of education, environmental protection, law enforcement, roads/traffic/transportation, fire prevention/public security, medical care/sanitation, tourism/recreation, and economy/employment. Regions that saw over half of respondents expressing that local tourism has increased included Lienchiang, Hualien, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Tainan, Taoyuan, Pingtung, Chiayi, Yilan, and Nantou. These ten regions all happen to be places where tourism is a big industry.

The regions on the east coast and outlying islands performed better than the special municipalities in education. The survey found that respondents from Taitung, Hualien, and Lienchiang were the happiest with the direction their local governments were taking on education. Although Jinmen County was ranked fifth in this aspect, only 3.5% of its respondents saw educational policy as declining, which accounts for the lowest figure of negative responses. Based on these results, it is clear that education in rural areas does not have to be a problem as long as the government is willing to work hard.

Regarding medical care/sanitation, respondents all over Taiwan had nearly the same opinions, while respondents from Penghu, Miaoli, and Taitung were the most unsatisfied.