City Council Approves Redistricting Map
POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 11:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 11:28pm
EL PASO, TX — El Paso City council has settled on a redistricting map, more than 9 months after opening up to input from the community.
Map F was the final choice with a vote of 7 to 1.
Board members said small changes will come with the new map and residents shouldn't expect to see many shifts in current district borders.
However, map F means every district can expect a population increase.
"We go from 70,000 to 81,000 plus or minus....so roughly 10,000 to 11,000 more people by district," said David Coronado with the city's planning division.
Since October, an eight-member panel has been working to redraw the districts' boundary lines
This must be done every 10 years after the U.S. Census count.
More than a dozen community meetings were held and more than 30 maps developed.
The city will submit the map to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval.