home rule

Home rule ordinances top the Homewood trustees agenda Tuesday

Trustees will consider five ordinances that, if adopted, would: 
  • Place the question before voters in the March 20 consolidated election whether to grant the village home rule authority

Home rule proposal in Homewood discussed by District 161 board

Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education members made no decision on whether to endorse a proposal for home rule status in the Village of Homewood.

At the board’s Nov. 13 meeting there was no indication of what action, if any, the board will take on a possible home rule referendum. Homewood trustees are expected to approve a March referendum on home rule at their Dec. 12 meeting. 
 

Homewood taking steps to address home rule concerns

Homewood officials this week distributed an informational packet in an attempt to address the concerns some residents have voiced about home rule.
 
The village is exploring the possibility of placing a home rule referendum on the March 20, 2018, consolidated election ballot. 
 
A home rule municipality has more direct control of its own laws and regulations. 

Home rule could help District 153 schools meet its budget shortfall

Homewood District 153 anticipates a $760,000 windfall to its budget if Homewood residents support the home rule initiative.
 
The village board is proposing to raise the sales tax by 0.25 percent and give the additional revenue to the other taxing bodies in Homewood — School Districts 153, 161 and 233, the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and the Homewood Public Library.
 

Homewood officials to discuss possible home rule limitations at Tuesday board meeting

At an informational meeting about home rule on Thursday, Village Manager Jim Marino noted that officials are aware of the concerns residents have about the potential for increased property taxes.

Home rule, if approved by voters, would give the village more power than it currently has to raise taxes and incur debt.

Homewood meeting spells out home rule proposal

The first informational meeting on home rule for Homewood drew an estimated 80 people anxious to learn why trustees are proposing a change in the village government's status. More than a dozen people asked questions during the meeting Nov. 9 at the Marie Irwin Community Center. 

Homewood officials to host public meeting about home rule issue on Thursday

The Village of Homewood Board of Trustees will hold an informational meeting about home rule at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. 

The village is proposing to put the question of home rule before voters in a March 2018 referendum. Illinois communities with a population of 25,000 or more are automatically home rule communities. Because Homewood's population is under 20,000 the question must be decided by residents.

Marino presents home rule idea to Homewood board

Idea would be put to voters in March referendum

Homewood officials Tuesday unveiled a plan to provide a revenue boost to local schools, parks and the library and cut through some red tape by becoming a home rule community. Home rule status in the village requires approval by local voters in a special referendum.

Homewood officials to initiate discussion whether to seek home rule status to help address community issues

At the Homewood trustees meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10, Village Manager Jim Marino plans to introduce the question of whether the village should consider seeking home rule status.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.

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