Residents Can Help Redraw County District Boundaries

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Rim residents can make a bit of political history next week.

The county’s Redistricting Advisory Committee (RAC) presented and reviewed guidelines for public input on the redistricting process at its June 6 meeting in Globe.

The first round of public input meetings on redistricting the county supervisor and community college board districts started June 8 in San Carlos. Rim residents get their turn at the process next week at two separate meetings planned Thursday, June 16. The first meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson and the other is at 6 p.m. at the Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley.

The guidelines explain how those interested can develop suggestions for redistricting. “This is the document to be handed out to the public and available on the Web,” said director of elections, Linda Eastlick.

The document provides information about why it is necessary to redistrict and what factors must go into the process, including the numbers and restrictions that must be used in drawing new boundaries for supervisor and community college board districts.

Also included are the requirements for redistricting the county has adopted, which changed at the board of supervisors’ meeting on June 7. The RAC asked and the board agreed to provide for study groups that will break out the redistricting process for supervisor and community college board districts.

Finally the guidelines outline how citizens may submit their proposals, or simply make comments, to the RAC.

Once the public makes a submission, the county’s redistricting consultant Tony Sissons and his staff will review the material, plug in the numbers as suggested by the proposals and provide an evaluation as to whether or not mandated principles are met.

The initial deadline for public submissions from the first round of meetings is mid July.  A second round of public input meetings are planned for late July. At the public input meetings on June 16, the process will be reviewed and questions can be asked.

The June schedule for public meetings is:

• 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 — Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce, 45675 W. Highway 188, Tonto Basin

• 3 p.m., Thursday, June 16 — Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson

• 6 p.m., Thursday, June 16 — Star Valley Southern Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley.

Comments

Dan Haapala 2 years, 10 months ago

Please, please, please. If you have been concerned about your representation in Globe from the Supervisors or the Community College Board, find a way to attend these meetings or have someone you trust attend these meetings. Government has a way of saying no one was interested so we just did what we felt was the right thing. Don't let this happen. If I can arrange it I will attend any and all redistricting meetings because it's time we the people took control of our local government.

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