« What is Home Rule?
Home Rule is part of the Tennessee Constitution which allows citizens to create a charter, or set of rules, by which their county government must abide. Greene County currently abides by the generic rules specified in Nashville for counties not adopting their own charter.
« What is the effect of Home Rule?
Home Rule allows citizens the chance to control local government, to guard against the burdens of unreasonable tax increases, conflict-of-interest, and other excesses.
« Who wants Home Rule?
Wanting Home Rule, are concerned citizens who recognize that county government should protect the interests of taxpayers, not the interests of taxtakers.
« Who doesn’t want Home Rule?
Against Home Rule, are politicians and their family/friends that make their living via government.
« What are the steps in obtaining Home Rule?
First step is petitioning for election of a Charter Commission. A petition drive is underway with an expected election in May 2014.
After Charter Commission writes the charter, another election is held; citizens vote yes or no, whether to adopt the charter or not.
« What are examples of Home Rule provisions?
∙ Tax increase requires citizens vote
∙ Conflict-of-interest eliminated from County Commission and School Board
∙ Term limits for politicians