Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 4: The Home Rule Charter City

Handbook Chapter

Published: August 20, 2020

The Home Rule Charter City
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Understand the authority to form a home rule charter city, charter city powers and the ways it may be organized  such as use of wards or the powers of initiative and referendum. Contrast charter cities to those operating under the statutory city code. These broad categories are the two basic types of city organization available in Minnesota.