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.

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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