"Home rule" is a provision that allows a city to spend the money it collects from taxes and other sources.
It lets the City Council decide what local services the community needs.
Home rule puts the budgeting power in the home community, although the City Council must still balance the budget, as required by state law.
Home rule isn't a tax increase, but it allows a city or town to spend the tax or other revenue it has in place.
Somerton voters have agreed to home rule since 2000.
Under a Home Rule Option if approved by the voters, the City estimates it will be allowed to expend approximately $26,595,000 in 2021-2022, $27,463,000 in 2022-2023, $27,484,000 in 2023-2024 and $27,506,000 in 2024-2025.
Under the state-imposed limitation the City estimates it will be allowed to expend approximately $13,276,656 in 2021-2022, $13,774,513 in 2022-2023, $14,317,597 in 2023-2024 and $14,883,399 in 2024-2025 for the operation of your local government.