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Morgantown joins other cities seeking permanent Home Rule

October 3, 2018

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Morgantown has joined a host of other cities across West Virginia planning to ask legislators to make the state’s Home Rule pilot program permanent.

The Dominion Post reports the Morgantown City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night at the request of the West Virginia Municipal League.

The pilot program was originally created in 2007 to allow participating cities to operate outside state code to address specific issues. More cities were added in 2014 and the program is slated to end in 2019.

In Morgantown, the program has been used for a number of things including granting arrest powers to fire marshals, expediting implementation of the brunch bill and implementing a 1 percent sales tax.

Councilor Rachel Fetty said it has had a positive impact on the city.

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Information from: The Dominion Post, http://www.dominionpost.com

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