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Carlisle could turn to home rule

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jan 15, 2013 3:09 PM

(Mechanicsburg) -- A Cumberland County community could soon make some changes to the way it operates its government. 

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Carlisle Borough Council has approved placing a question on the primary ballot this spring asking voters if a commission should be formed to explore whether a "home rule" government should be implemented.

Council President Perry Heath says home rule would allow it to create its own charter and be exempt from certain guidelines in borough code.

He says the idea came after the borough's tax collector, George Hicks, was charged with selling marijuana to an undercover police officer in August. "Home rule would allow us, for example, to decide that we don't want to have an elected tax collector, which is what the borough code provides for, but instead, we would be in a position to have an appointed tax collector. That's only one example of how it is that home rule might change."

Heath says the public would elect nine people to a commission, which would have about nine months to conduct its study. He says petitions to run for a seat on the committee are due in March.

Lebanon and Reading both operate under home rule, which could take up to two years to implement.

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