Rapid City to look for public feedback on home rule charter

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City will soon be looking for public input on whether it should adopt a home rule charter.

Holding virtual meetings regularly, the committee has been working on a sample home rule charter. It will outline city procedures should Rapid City decide to adopt home rule.

Now, the committee is looking to begin public input sessions.

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said “In the end when the home rule committee makes a recommendation if it is to pursue home rule it will be required to be a public vote. So it’s best we have the citizen’s input upfront so that we can put that in the process now.”

Allender estimates that the committee will have a formal recommendation ready for the city council by the end of the year, at which time the council will decide whether to add the home rule question to the ballot.

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