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Home Rule Charter 

What is Home Rule?

Home Rule gives citizens at the grass-roots level the authority to manage their own government affairs. This is done by the adoption of a Charter, which defines the structure of government. The Charter can be changed by the vote of the citizens. Without Home Rule, the Colorado Legislature determines both the form and function of county government.


Home Rule in Colorado

Home rule as a concept of local government is uniquely American and was developed originally in relationship to municipal government. In 1902, Colorado adopted Article XX of the Colorado constitution, which allowed municipalities to adopt a home rule charter. In 1970, an amendment to Article XIV was adopted by the voters of Colorado which among other things authorized counties to form a limited version of home rule.


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You can read an overview about home rule by clicking here.
You can read Article XX of the Colorado Constitution by clicking here.