Home Rule Quiz

20 Questions
Home Rule Quiz

This quiz consists of 20 questions about home rule and aspects of local government related to it.

Sample Question

What is home rule?

Rules for homeowners

Rules for village boards

House rules when playing a game

Allows municipalities to act autonomously

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is home rule?
    • A. 

      Rules for homeowners

    • B. 

      Rules for village boards

    • C. 

      House rules when playing a game

    • D. 

      Allows municipalities to act autonomously

  • 2. 
    What has changed since the Village sought home rule status in 2004?
    • A. 

      The country experienced the Great Recession and a housing crisis that reduced property values below 2004 levels

    • B. 

      The state is in much worse financial condition and has reduced its financial support to local schools

    • C. 

      The housing crisis greatly increased the number of single-family rental homes in Homewood

    • D. 

      Costs associated with hiring new police officers have increased

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    Would home rule allow the Village to impose a transfer tax when a house is sold?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 4. 
    Would home rule give the Village authority to require home inspections when a house is sold?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 5. 
    Why is the Village proposing a single-family rental property inspection program?
    • A. 

      To raise more money

    • B. 

      To make it harder for people to sell their home

    • C. 

      To ensure rental properties are safe and well maintained

    • D. 

      To impose more regulations on landlords

  • 6. 
    How many single-family rental homes are there in Homewood?
    • A. 

      46

    • B. 

      165

    • C. 

      357

    • D. 

      752

  • 7. 
    What is crime-free housing?
    • A. 

      A prohibition against crime in homes

    • B. 

      A neighborhood watch program

    • C. 

      A training program for landlords

    • D. 

      A regulation on rental properties

  • 8. 
    Has the Homewood Police Department tried to institute Crime-Free Housing?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 9. 
    How long is it before a new police officer with no prior experience can work on the street independently?
    • A. 

      2 weeks

    • B. 

      1 month

    • C. 

      4 months

    • D. 

      7 months

  • 10. 
    How much does it cost the Village while a new police officer with no prior experience is trained?
    • A. 

      $15,000

    • B. 

      $25,000

    • C. 

      $30,000

    • D. 

      $40,000

  • 11. 
    How long is it before a new firefighter/paramedic with no prior training can respond to calls?
    • A. 

      6 months

    • B. 

      12 months

    • C. 

      18 months

    • D. 

      Over 24 months

  • 12. 
    As a non-home rule community, can Homewood share sales tax revenue with the schools, park district and the library?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 13. 
    What would Homewood's sales tax rate be if it were raised by one quarter of one percent?
    • A. 

      9.25%

    • B. 

      9.50%

    • C. 

      10.00%

    • D. 

      10.25%

  • 14. 
    Can property taxes be increased with home rule?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 15. 
    At what amount did the Village board set the 2017 property tax levy?
    • A. 

      $3,425,621

    • B. 

      $4,952,008

    • C. 

      $6,324,211

    • D. 

      $7,011,862

  • 16. 
    Could the village board issue a bond without a referendum if Homewood became home rule?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 17. 
    Can the village president and trustees increase their salaries if the Village became home rule?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      They can do this now

  • 18. 
    What benefits can the village president and trustees award themselves if the village becomes home rule?
    • A. 

      Pension

    • B. 

      Health insurance

    • C. 

      Neither

    • D. 

      Both pension and health insurance

  • 19. 
    In what ways could a Village misuse home rule authority?
    • A. 

      Unnecessarily increase property taxes

    • B. 

      Borrow money beyond the municipality's ability to repay

    • C. 

      Impose burdensome regulations with little economic or public benefit

    • D. 

      Fail to responsibly utilize home rule to meet the needs of the community

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    What can you do if you feel a Village board member misused home rule authority or that Homewood should no longer be a home rule community?
    • A. 

      Grumble, groan and complain to others

    • B. 

      Voice your opposition to the individuals you elected to represent you

    • C. 

      Vote board members who misuse home rule out of office

    • D. 

      Seek repeal of home rule by referendum

    • E. 

      Any of the above