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"Edict on Communal Affairs," issued by King Maximilian I, cosigned by Ministers Montgelas, Hompesch, and Morawitzky (September 24, 1808)
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§ 62. Half of the municipal council is renewed every three years; – the members can be reelected every time. They hold their positions without remuneration.

§ 63. Both the communities and the municipal council can assemble only upon the summons of and under the oversight of the police office; – they cannot decide anything without the knowledge and approval of the latter.

§ 64. In those localities where the supervisors or police officials are not themselves present, it is up to them to transfer the task and oversight to an assessor or subordinate official; – moreover, this function is performed by the head of the community who has been charged with maintaining public order.

§ 65. The matters that can come up for deliberation in the communal assemblies or the municipal council are:

1) the maintenance of the communal lands;

2) the fulfilling of the community’s obligations;

3) the regulation of the dues and taxes and of the tax rate

4) the authorization of the members of the community;

5) the annual audit of the community’s books;

§ 66. Neither the communities nor the municipal council can exercise any kind of jurisdiction.

§ 67. They cannot deliberate on anything that falls under the executive power of the police which the leaders of the community have been charged with carrying out.



Source: Königlich-Baierisches Regierungsblatt [Royal Bavarian Gazette], October 19, 1808, Col. 2405-08, 2411 f., 2415-18.

Reprinted in Walter Demel and Uwe Puschner, eds., Von der Französischen Revolution bis zum Wiener Kongreß 1789-1815 [From the French Revolution to the Congress of Vienna, 1789-1815], Deutsche Geschichte in Quellen und Darstellung, edited by Rainer A. Müller, Vol. 6. Stuttgart: P. Reclam, 1995, pp. 165-72.

Translation: Thomas Dunlap

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