Statewide push to protect home rule

Cities and towns are asking legislature and statewide candidates for office to protect home rule.

The home rule allows cities and towns to make their own decisions when it comes to matters on the local level. Following this year’s legislative session, several efforts were made to limit the authority of cities and towns and villages.

Now, members of the Mississippi Municipal League announced plans to push for protection of the home rule. Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said, “Anytime we need to pass a tax or raise funds for infrastructure matters, whether it’s a water tower or it’s a sewer line or anything. It’s very important because we understand what’s going on and we have the opportunity to have our people vote on these things. I think having to go to the legislature and ask for that on a regular basis and then come back again four years, three years, ten years later and ask yet again for it makes it very difficult for us to rule properly.”

Tunica Mayor Chuck Cariker said, “I think it’s very important for us to be able to control what goes on in our towns because we are the closest, as local officials, to the people.”

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