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Council’s Rights

Council’s Rights

The Right to Vote

  • Legislation, amendment and repeal of municipal ordinances
  • Deliberation and determination of budgets
  • Approval for settlement of accounts
  • Imposition and collection of user fees, fees, contributions, local taxes or admission fees other than those prescribed by statutes
  • Establishment and operation of funds
  • Acquisition and disposal of important property prescribed by Presidential Decree
  • Installation and disposal of public facilities prescribed by Presidential Decree
  • Burden sharing from extra-budgetary resources or waiver of a right, other than those prescribed by statutes and municipal ordinance
  • Acceptance and handling of petitions
  • Matters concerning exchanges and cooperation with foreign local governments
  • Other matters falling within their authority under statutes

The Right to Suggest Opinions

The Council may suggest opinions at the request of the head of the local government.
The agenda may be deliberated and decided as consent, dissent and third opinion and they are not legally binding for external organizations.

The Right to Autonomy

  • The Council determines opening, adjourning and closing Meetings and the number of sessions.
  • The Council sets regulations related to meetings and operating the Council.
  • The Council sets internal regulations on the status of council members such as eligibility of council members and disciplinary actions for the members.
  • The Council maintain order in the meetings.

The R ight to Process Petitions

As a representative body for the inhabitants, the Council accepts and processes petitions the inhabitants submit through the members of the Council.

The Right to Conduct Administrative Audits and Investigations

  • The Council may conduct an administrative audit on the general administrative activities of the local government over a period of no more than 14 days (no more than 9 days for primary local governments) during a plenary session of each year and may conduct an administrative investigation on any specific matters of the administrative affairs of the local government if it is proposed by signatures of more than one-third of the incumbent council members and voted on at a plenary session.
  • If necessary, the Council may conduct an on-site inspection or request the local government to submit relevant documents, or may request the governor, relevant government officials, or other persons to testify under oath as witnesses.
  • The Council may bring a charge against those giving false testimonies and charge a fee of KRW 5 million or less if a person that is summoned fails to appear or refuses to appear without a reasonable cause.
  • The governor or relevant government officials may attend a council or committee meeting to report on the progress of administrative activities, state opinions and answer questions.

Request to Submit Documents

The plenary session or the Council can decide by vote to demand the heads of local governments for documents related to deliberation of agenda.

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