Home Rule or Locally Controlled Alternative Expenditure Limitation allows the City of Mesa to maintain local control of the annual budget amount and determine the necessary expenditure limitation while remaining within available revenues and resources (i.e. maintaining a balanced budget). The City has had a Home Rule expenditure limitation option in effect since FY 2000/01.
Renewal of Home Rule in November 2018 would be effective through FY 2022/23. Without the Home Rule option, the City would be subject to the State Expenditure Limitation which is based on the budget set in FY 1979/80 adjusted for inflation and population. This would result in the City having to cut approximately $200M from the 2019/20 budget which represents 42% of the General Fund impacting every City department including public safety.