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District-Based Elections Special Council Meeting Recap and Next Public Hearing on November 8

District-Based Elections Special Council Meeting Recap and Next Public Hearing on November 8

The City continues to proceed along the path of transitioning toward District-Based elections.  If this is ultimately approved by the City Council, election of Councilmembers would begin with the November 2018 general election and would be complete with the November 2020 general election.  A special Council Meeting was held on Monday, October 30, 2017.  At that meeting maps that were submitted and published prior to the October 18, 2017 deadline were discussed. 

A total of 22 maps were received and considered.    At the meeting of October 30, the City Council voted to proceed with further consideration of Citizen’s Map 15 and Citizen’s Map 16.  Both of these maps provide for four Council Districts and retain the current at-large election of the Mayor.  These maps, as well as all previously submitted maps can be seen in the “Proposed Maps” section of the City’s website.

The Council will further discuss these maps at their meeting on November 8, 2017, and the adopted schedule anticipates that the City Council will approve a district boundary map and sequence of elections at that meeting.  If such a map and sequence of elections is adopted, a companion ordinance would be then introduced at the November 8, 2017 meeting.  The ordinance would then be considered for final adoption at the City Council meeting of November 15, 2017.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming public hearings and to provide comments.  This can be done by submitting written comments to the City Council and also by attending the upcoming City Council meetings. 

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