27th January. The Consiglio Maggiore (Great Council) met and appointed a council of 80 men, who with the Signoria would have to choose the ambassadors, reply to letters, and do much other business.(1)
(1) On the 23rd December a provision was made which established that by the 15th January these 80 citizens must be appointed. "It is seen to be necessary, for matters that may happen any day, that the Signoria or other magistrates should have a certain number of citizens with whom they may confer and whose opinion they can ask, and so that the magistrates should not have to call up one more than another on their authority."
5th February. The tax on property, that is to say, the Decima, was passed by the Consiglio Maggiore; but the provision that it could not be imposed more than once a year, or less frequently.(1)
(1) It was called Decima because the tenth of the value on all land and house property had to be paid. See note 5th February, 1495.