“In Colorado, municipal “home rule” is a form of government under the control of local citizens rather than state government, with powers and authority derived from the municipality’s locally enacted charter and ordinances, rather than state statutes. It affords citizens of cities and towns who adopt a local charter freedom from the need for state enabling legislation and protection from state interference in “local and municipal matters”.
- Colorado Municipal League, Home Rule Handbook for Colorado’s Cities & Towns (January 2017)
In laymen’s terms – “home rule” is a form of government based on a charter written by residents rather than following state statute. It is based upon the theory that the residents in the community know best how to solve local issues. Home Rule is all about YOU! If the community votes to “go Home Rule”, the Charter the Town uses to govern the community will be created by residents for residents.