Government Study Commission

The Government Study Commission has approved the final drafts of its final report and a proposed home rule charter. These documents are attached below. The commission will formally approve these documents at its meeting on November 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall and present the approved report and charter to the Borough Secretary at that time.

Citizens will have the opportunity to approve or reject the home rule charter at the primary election on May 19, 2015. Members of the Government Study Commission are available at any time to discuss the report and proposed charter with individuals and civic and neighborhood groups. Should you have any questions regarding the final report and proposed charter, please contact the spokesperson, John Sacrison via email at

Audio Interview of Home Rule on Smart Talk Radio – ( click on link and go to witf-Smart Talk 3/19/15C: Home rule for Carlisle?)

Final Report

Proposed Home Rule Charter

Frequently Asked Questions

Government Study Commission Meeting Minutes

Click here to see all Government Study Commission meeting minutes.

Government Study Commission Newsletters

Newsletter Issue No. 13

Newsletter Issue No. 12

Newsletter Issue No.11

Newsletter Issue No.10

Newsletter Issue No. 9

Newsletter Issue No. 8

Newsletter Issue No. 7

Newsletter Issue No. 6

Newsletter Issue No. 5 

Newsletter Issue No. 4

Newsletter Issue No. 3

Newsletter Issue No. 2

Newsletter Issue No. 1

PowerPoint Presentations

Public Hearing 10-29-13

Public Hearing 10-15-13

08.06.13 Public Hearing Presentation

DCED Publication on Home Rule in PA

DCED Presentation on  Home Rule in PA

Carlisle Borough Government Study Commissioner Nomination Petition.pdf

2013-01 Carlisle Borough Home Rule Optional Plan Ordinance