COLLECTING AND CONTROLING OF TAXES
At the time of the Russian-Montenegrin occupation in 1806, the government office in the village of Pridvorje was completely burned down and no data was preserved regarding the collection of taxes for milling in Konavle. We learned about it only from the archived records of the Ston Captaincy.
Thus, in the book entitled "Ordines Stagni", originally used by the rectors as a rulebook, we find that every person bringing grain to a mill must measure it to a measurement determined by the rector upon payment of one “minca” , or his complaint would otherwise not be received in case he would claim, upon grinding, that the miller had delivered him a smaller amount.
In order to prevent abuse, the Senate issued on 15 January of 1646, a decree for all mills in the Republic, stating that the rectors shall keep separate books entering receipts on the collection of state fees for the grinding of grain. The receipts shall be kept with the millers, and the state representatives shall bring, by the end of their service, both books and receipts to Dubrovnik in order to be examined and compared by the state officials.