Florida League of Cities

Local voices making local choices. Self-government. Citizen-centered solutions. The flexibility to address unique local needs with local solutions. It's what Home Rule is all about. 

Since 1968, Floridians have recognized the need for cities to have Home Rule powers. It is included in our state's Constitution (Article VIII, Section 2(b)) and was implemented by the Legislature in 1973. Home Rule is a cherished concept, supported by an overwhelming majority of Florida citizens. It is the foundation for local governments as they create fair, effective and responsive policies for their communities. 

The resources below are designed to educate citizens about Home Rule and how Florida's cities work.

Adult Resources

  • Local Voices United: A grassroots network dedicated to supporting local self-government. Visit the Resources page for information on local decision-making, how to talk with your state lawmakers, and more.
  • City Government 101 Glossary of Terms: This list includes local government terms and acronyms to help familiarize you with a variety of municipal topics.
  • City Government 101 Animated Video (Spanish Version): This 10-minute video covers a range of topics including city charters, forms of government, municipal services, property taxes and Home Rule.
  • How Florida City Government Works Video: A 17-minute introduction to city government in Florida. It includes a brief history of cities and the core functions that cities serve.
  • Florida City Fact Sheet: This two-page document has general information on city structure, city history, quick facts and more.

Youth Resources