WV Home Rule Cities To Be Announced October 6th

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Twenty-two West Virginia cities will find out next month whether they will participate in the state's home rule program.

The cities are vying for 16 new slots in the program.

Municipal Home Rule Board chairman Patsy Trescot tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the board will reveal the new home rule cities on October 6th at a public meeting in Bridgeport.

The program givens municipalities a larger say in how they govern by shifting power from the state to the local level. It began as a five-year pilot in Bridgeport, Charleston, Huntington and Wheeling. The Legislature expanded the program to 20 cities last year.

The board held five regional hearings to allow cities to present their applications. The Department of Commerce will determine the winners.