Hettinger County to vote on ‘Home Rule’

Voters in Hettinger County will have the opportunity to vote, for or against, the county’s adoption of a ‘Home Rule Charter’ in the Nov. 6 election.

Posted Nov. 1, 2012

Kevin Schaefer

The Herald

Currently all three cities in the county do have such a charter, however, the county doesn’t.

West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 describes Home Rule as such: Home Rule involves the authority of a local government to prevent state government intervention with its operations. The extent of its power, however, is subject to limitations prescribed by state constitutions and statutes. When a municipality or other political subdivision has the power to decide for itself whether to follow a particular course of action without receiving specific approval from state officials, it acts pursuant to such powers.

Hettinger County Auditor Roy Steiner explains that having a charter gives the county more options

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