Once a general law city reaches the 5,001 inhabitants mark, it is authorized by Article XI, section 5 of the Texas Constitution to hold an election to adopt a home rule charter. Once a home rule charter is adopted, a city thereafter has the full power of local self-government, the power to govern itself so long as charter provisions or ordinances are not inconsistent with state or federal law. TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE § 51.072. Home rule cities derive their power from the Constitution and look to the Legislature only as a limit on that authority and may do anything that is not specifically prohibited by state law.
What is the current status of the Home Rule Charter?
The City of Justin is accepting applications from citizens for the Home Rule Charter Commission. The Home Rule Charter Commission will work diligently over the next few months to draft a Home Rule Charter. The Home Rule Charter will be presented to the Justin voters in the November 2022 Election.
Justin Citizen Participation
The Home Rule Charter Commission would like to receive input from the citizens of Justin regarding the Home Rule Charter. To submit information, please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.