After a successful five-year pilot program in four cities including Wheeling, the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Program is expanding. Applications will be accepted between January and June.
Lawmakers have decided to let a total of 20 communities participate in the home rule program. It gives communities more power to identify state rules that restrict their ability to carry out their duties efficiently and to propose effective solutions.
Wheeling was one of four cities that experimented with the program, and a legislative audit concluded it was beneficial. It increased revenue, streamlined administrative matters and simplified licensing, among other things.