Carbondale home rule process starts July 9
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees agreed to a home rule charter time line running from July 9, 2002, to April 28, 2003.The time line is as follows:-July 9 – An ordinance to seek citizen approval of a home rule charter is adopted by the Board of Trustees. The ordinance will call for an election on the question of whether a home rule charter commission shall be formed, and for electing charter commission members. The election must be held within 120 days, according to state statues.-Aug. 1 – First legal notice concerning the election is published.-Aug. 30 – Deadline for charter commission candidates to file nomination petitions; 25 signatures needed.-Sept. 12 – Second legal notice of election published, with charter commission candidate names listed.-Nov. 5 – Election on question of whether to form a charter commission, and to elect commission members. There would be a minimum of nine members, and a maximum of 21.-Nov. 12 – Trustees set the date for the first charter commission meeting.-Nov. 18 – Suggested date for charter commission’s first meeting.-Feb. 11, 2003 – Public hearing on proposed charter. Others may be held.-Feb. 25 – Home rule charter submitted to trustees.-March 6 – Legal notice with full charter text published, along with call for an election to accept to turn down the charter.-April 8 – Special election for the home rule charter. If approved, the charter takes effect at the time established in the charter.-April 28 – Last day to file the home rule charter with the secretary of state and town clerk.Carbondale town staffers have told the trustees that home rule status gives towns more flexibility for creating taxes, more options in land use issues, and the option of letting residents vote for the town manager and other town administrators.New Castle residents voted for home rule in 1998. Its home rule charter is 25 pages long.
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