Home Rule Information

Differences in Home Rule and General Law

Below are some questions that have been asked.

No specific section in proposed MPR Charter regarding taxes except- Section 7.01 (a) & (b) referendum process does not allow repeal of any ordinance regarding the levying of taxes.Home Rule is about local control, not a chance to increase revenue by raising taxes. If you research other Home Rule Cities, you will see that this is not a warranted view. Texas Legislature also preempted (constitutionally) Home Rule and General Law cities to put a 3.5% property tax cap (with many stipulations and caveats) Home rule generally does not result in higher property taxes, but even when municipal property taxes go up, the effect usually is not dramatic because the City portion of the property tax bill is small compared to other taxing bodies, especially school districts.