CITY'S HOME RULE COMMITTEE LAUNCHES WEBSITE
FOR INFORMATION, OBTAIN PUBLIC FEEDBACK
RAPID CITY, SD--The City's Home Rule Charter Committee has established a website for the public to learn more about the home rule concept, address questions and provide input.
To access the site, visit rapidcityhomerule.org . Specific features to the site include a brief history of home rule in South Dakota, comparisons between home rule and the City's current mayor/aldermanic form of government, frequently asked questions, a tab to ask a question or provide input, opportunities and challenges to home rule and local media stories about home rule,
The Rapid City Council authorized the mayor to establish a Home Rule Charter Committee last December with citizens appointed to the committee in early May after a delayed selection process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee meets twice-monthly with subcommittees working on a weekly basis. It is anticipated the Committee will bring forth a formal recommendation to the City Council early in 2021 for discussion and possible action, which could include a public vote later in 2021.
"Once it got started in May, the committee has been committed to learning more about home rule, how it would impact the community and citizens," said Mayor Allender. "They are under a specific time line to bring forth a recommendation to the City Council and the new website will provide an opportunity for awareness to the community, flush out questions and obtain important feedback from the citizens, who would be making the ultimate decision if Rapid City becomes a home rule community."
The site will be available for public access throughout the committee's work into at least early next year.
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
T: 605.721.6686 | M: 605.939.8551