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“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.
1. Broader and more flexible taxing powers, including:
*If the Town expands sales and use tax bases, then we would potentially have to self-collect. The State does not collect use tax, so if voters approved a use tax, the Town would need to self-collect.. Self-collecting taxes could require expanding the Town’s Finance Department.
2. Within limits, establish a tax base that is not uniform with the State of Colorado tax base (numerous home rule municipalities have a broader tax base, with fewer tax exemptions).
3. Simplify or otherwise revise procedures for budget and appropriation adoption, amendment, and transfer of funds.
4. Establish maximum debt limitations.
5. Establish limitations for the repayment of municipal bonds.
1. Have greater control over zoning issues.
2. Modify the composition and powers of the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment.
1. Establish procedures and dates for municipal elections differing from those established by State statute, including such matters as regular and special election dates and the dates when elected officials will take office.
2. Modify local procedures for initiative, referendum, and recall.
3. Modify procedures for filling vacancies in elected offices.
4. Specify a minimum age for elected officials or other requirements.
1. Determine the form of government and administrative structure, including:
2. Establish procedures for the adoption of ordinances and resolutions; determining:
3. Modify procedures pertaining to regular and special meetings and executive sessions.
4. Expand the jurisdiction of municipal courts (e.g. increased nuisance abatement authority).
5. Establish procedures for the sale or disposal of public property and the awarding of contracts.
6. Determine the qualifications of municipal officers and employees.
7. Establish maximum terms for public utility franchises.
Adopting a Home Rule Charter involves three primary steps:
Visit: Visit the EngageErie project page for Home Rule for all the latest ways to ask questions, complete polls/surveys, join Community Conversations, and more.
Watch: The Board of Trustees reviewed a public engagement plan on March 16, 2021. Watch the discussion in full.
Watch: The Town of Erie Board of Trustees had a Home Rule representative give a detailed home rule presentation at their Sept. 17, 2019 meeting.