Bee Cave City Council's declared plans to become a home rule city, now incorporated into their February planning cycle, faces one very large hurdle. In order to become home rule based, and make its own legislation, the City must prove it has a population of over 5,000 yet the 2010 census shows only 3,925 (up from 656 in 2000).
Mayor Murphy went on the record in local news saying “First of all, we have to have a solid methodology to assure we’ve achieved a population above 5,000. We don’t have census data to rely on. I anticipate there will be opposition; a home rule city has more governmental powers than a general law city, and there will be those who don’t feel like the city should have more power.”