Home Rule Charter on June 9 ballot
By Annette Tait
Voters have the opportunity June 9 to determine whether the City of Center adopts a home rule charter. The charter will be on the ballot with the Center-Stanton Public School District election.
Research on adoption of a home rule charter began in 2014, with the appointment of a committee to determine whether to pursue such a charter and, if so, what authorities should be included. The committee brought presented its findings at a public meeting Feb. 5 before presenting the charter to the council for acceptance. The council voted in favor of the charter’s adoption; the final step is to seek a favorable majority vote by city residents.
Committee Chair Deb Clarys explained during the February public meeting that home rule charters are primarily used by local governments to increase revenue to pay for essential city projects -- like systematic replacement of the aging sewer and water systems, and street repairs -- through a city sales tax.