Council Functions

  • Representation: Made up of members duly elected by residents, the council deliberates and resolves on major issues of the local government
  • Legislation: The council enacts, amends and repeals municipal ordinances to the extent permitted by statutes
  • Monitoring of administrative affairs: The council also monitors administrative affairs of the local government by means of inspection, investigation, consent, approval and demand for the appearance of government officials concerned.

Authorities of the Council

  • Legislation, amendment and repeal of municipal ordinances
    • Establishment and opening of ordinances
    • 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
    • Installation, management and disposal of public facilities
    • Burden sharing from extra-budgetary resources or waiver of a right, other than those prescribed by statutes and municipal ordinances
    • Acceptance and handling of petitions
    • Resolution on other matters falling within their authority under statutes
    • The council may separately determine matters that shall be resolved by a local council in accordance with municipal ordinances.

Procedure for enacting a municipal ordinance

Procedure for enacting a municipal ordinance : Proposition (by the mayor or by 1/5 or more of incumbent members)  → Resolution (with the attendance of a majority of members and by the affirmative vote of a majority of those present) → Transfer (to the mayor within 5 days of the resolution) → Promulgation (within 20 days by the mayor)
  • Review and finalization of budget
    • Review, finalization and approval of settled accounts - A budget is a one-year plan for Miryang City. Budget estimates are prepared by the mayor and presented to the council for review. Once finalized, the budget is executed by the mayor and its settlement is approved by the council.
    • Therefore, the council is required to engage in rigorous deliberation, finalization and approval of settled accounts of budget to ensure that taxpayer's money is not wasted.

Budget procedure

Budget procedure : Plenary session (presentation of budget bill) → Standing Committee (preliminary review) → Special Committee on Budget and Accounts (main review) → Plenary session (final decision) → Mayor (budget compilation) → Plenary session (presentation of budget bill)
  • Inspection and investigation of administrative affairs
    • The council can conduct once a year an inspection on administrative affairs for a period not exceeding 9 days and may require the plenary session to investigate any specific matters of the affairs of the local government by a resolution of the plenary session by the signatures of 1/3 or more of the members.
    • When necessary, the council may make an on-site inspection or demand the submission of documents, or have the mayor or the government official concerned or a person related to such affairs appear at the inspection and give a testimony after taking an oath as a witness, or state an opinion as a reference witness.

Inspection procedure

Inspection procedure : Plenary session (determines inspection time and period) → Standing Committee (prepares an inspection plan) → Plenary session (approves the inspection plan) → Standing Committee (conducts the inspection) → Plenary session (report the inspection result) When the inspection plan is approved at the plenary session, executed and reported by the local government, the council can demand at the plenary session that the local government take corrective actions.
  • Autonomy
    • The council decides on the convocation, opening, closing, adjournment, and duration of session.
    • The council establishes regulations related to the operation of the council including meeting regulations.
    • The council regulates the status of members including member qualification, and discipline resolution.
    • The council maintains internal council order.
  • Petition handling
    • As a representative body of citizens, a local council has the authority to accept petitions submitted by local citizens who are introduced to the council by council members and handle them.