The City of Fairmont is interested in joining the state's "home rule" pilot program if the legislature extends and expands it.
Four West Virginia cities took part in the initial five-year phase.
Fairmont City Manager Jay Rogers said those cities have benefited from the program, which offers increased governing power.
Joining the program would allow Fairmont to make decisions more efficiently without consulting the state.
"We do believe that home rule is going to be a big issue in the legislature this year," Rogers said. "What we're trying to do here is to prepare ourselves to be in position whether it's to apply to be one of the new cities or should home rule become effective for all municipalities that we have some proposals that we want to move forward."
Rogers said they will know which direction the program will take ten to 15 days after the legislative session.