How Can Columbia Become a Home Rule Municipality?

Home rule status can be achieved in one of two ways: (1) a municipality automatically achieves home rule status when its population exceeds 25,000 residents. If the municipality’s population drops below this threshold, it continues to be home rule, but the municipal clerk is required to certify a question of retaining home rule authority for submission to the voters at the next general election; and (2) communities with fewer than 25,001 residents can become home rule by passing a local referendum.

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1. What is Home Rule?
2. Why Home Rule?
3. How Can Columbia Become a Home Rule Municipality?
4. How Will Home Rule Help Columbia?
5. What Other Municipalities are Home Rule?
6. How Have Other Municipalities Used Home Rule?
7. What Are Disadvantages to Achieving Home Rule Status?
8. How Do Residents Oversee Use of Home Rule?