Posted on November 15, 2009
Yeosu and Gwangyang city council as well as a provincial assembly from South Jeolla Province visited the United States to study the structure of local governments in the US. They first visited the Korean American Voter’s Council and received an educational seminar regarding local governments of the United States and how it works. The visitors showed great interest while learning about local governments of the US. They were especially interested in learning that local government held the right to tax, and concluded that they should put more effort and research for greater autonomy of local governments in South Korea.
Both the local Korean councils from metropolitan areas and from South Jeolla province talked about the local government’s tax, education, judicial rights. Contrary to South Korea, the US local government has a complete control over local tax, law enforcement, and education.
Lawyer Chejin Park led this seminar on local tax, judicial, and education rights.