The Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program is set to terminate in July, and city officials in Elkins have decided to issue a statement in support of the program.
The West Virginia Legislature established the Home Rule program in 2007, and has been utilized by Elkins since 2015. Officials said they fully support the program and are an example of how the program can benefit other municipalities.
“We’re happy to join in and happy to help out as are most other municipalities throughout the state because they see the benefit of it. We are a good spokesperson for it, you know. We can go to our constituency, we can go to our legislators and we can say to them this program has worked for us,” said Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton.
The program is designed to encourage local control in municipal government.
Officials said the Home Rule authority has expanded the ability for making changes internally and externally.