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Home Rule

Home Rule

Background on the Issue and the League's Position

Home rule means the exercise of independent authority by elected local governments. South Carolina local governments have very limited home rule--all of them in taxing powers, cities in taxing annexation, counties in powers of appointment and land use, school districts in almost everything. The home rule provisions of the Constitution enacted in 1974 gave count councils limited powers, but the legislative delegations continue to exercise considerable power in county affairs. The League supports more delegation of authority to county councils, less restrictive annexation laws for municipalities, more citizen input into structural issues (size of school board, district consolidation) for school districts, and fewer restrictions on taxing authority for all local governments. We oppose the use of local legislation on school district issues.