Ottawa will be asking its citizens whether they want home rule status for the city. The City Council voted at its Jan. 17 meeting to put the question on the April 4 ballot.
Home Rule status would grant the city more flexibility to raise taxes. But according to the Ottawa Times, Mayor Robert Eschenbach says the city's desire for home rule isn't about that. He says it's about freeing the city from state restrictions that hinder the local government's ability to serve its citizens, such as providing cheaper internet access to residents.