Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 06, 2013 @ 12:00AM
Created on February 05, 2013 @ 11:07PM
State lawmakers are expected to take up the Home Rule this upcoming legislative session. Officials from the State Municipal League were in Morgantown Monday to urge city officials to support and participate in the pilot program.
Municipal League Executive Director Lisa Dooley and Mayor of Wheeling, Andy McKenzie addressed city council, touting the benefits of Home Rule. McKenzie says the program has benefited by being able to make local decisions on a local level on issues that are unique to his city.
Four cities currently have Home Rule. Wheeling, Bridgeport, Huntington and Charleston. McKenzie said he would like to see more.
"We really think it's been great for the community. It's been great for West Virginia, to enable us to really make changes on the local level. Wheeling is unique to Morgantown. Morgantown is different than anywhere else maybe in the state. We need to allow local governments to enact things that are good for them," said
Home Rule is scheduled to Sunset on July 1st. The legislature must act in this session to extend the program.
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