The Roadmap to Home Rule

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What do you know about Home Rule? This year, the Town of Erie wants to explore whether it should remain a statutory town or implement Home Rule. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing information about what Home Rule is, how it could impact you, and ask you to be involved in this process.

So what is Home Rule? Home Rule is a form of government based on a charter written by residents rather than following state statute. It is based upon the theory that the residents in the community know best how to solve local issues. A Home Rule Charter could give you the chance to determine if Erie should become a city or stay a town, whether the Board of Trustees should become a council, what the term limits are for elected officials, and so much more. Going Home Rule could affect finance, taxation, land use, elections, and administration in Erie.

Ultimately Home Rule is all about YOU! If the community votes to “go Home Rule” in November, the Charter the Town uses to govern the community will be created by residents and you get to participate in the whole process. Want to be really involved? Apply to be a Charter Commissioner. Have just a few opinions? Join our discussion boards or attend a Community Conversation.

Help put your stamp on the future of Erie! We want to hear from you about your priorities, needs, and expectations for how the Town of Erie government should operate as the community continues to grow. Use some of the tools below and be sure to check out other ways to participate on our social media pages.


What do you know about Home Rule? This year, the Town of Erie wants to explore whether it should remain a statutory town or implement Home Rule. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing information about what Home Rule is, how it could impact you, and ask you to be involved in this process.

So what is Home Rule? Home Rule is a form of government based on a charter written by residents rather than following state statute. It is based upon the theory that the residents in the community know best how to solve local issues. A Home Rule Charter could give you the chance to determine if Erie should become a city or stay a town, whether the Board of Trustees should become a council, what the term limits are for elected officials, and so much more. Going Home Rule could affect finance, taxation, land use, elections, and administration in Erie.

Ultimately Home Rule is all about YOU! If the community votes to “go Home Rule” in November, the Charter the Town uses to govern the community will be created by residents and you get to participate in the whole process. Want to be really involved? Apply to be a Charter Commissioner. Have just a few opinions? Join our discussion boards or attend a Community Conversation.

Help put your stamp on the future of Erie! We want to hear from you about your priorities, needs, and expectations for how the Town of Erie government should operate as the community continues to grow. Use some of the tools below and be sure to check out other ways to participate on our social media pages.


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Page published: 07 April 2021, 13:59