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NOW IT IS YOUR TURN:
The City Council voted to send the 8 Ward / 4 District / 12 Councilor Plan shown to the right, and other necessary City Charter Changes for redistricting, to the voters on January 27, 2014. The new Wards and required City Charter changes will be on the March 4, 2014 ballot for the City's voters to approve or disapprove.
Proposed are 8 Wards represented by 1 City Councilor each, and 4 Districts ( 2 Wards combined) also represented with 1 City Councilor each. The new City Council will reduced to a total of 12 members, each serving 2-year terms. To transition from the current council to the proposed council, Ward councilors elected in 2015 will serve 3-year terms, and District councilors will serve 2-year terms. The transition will be complete in 2018 with all councilors elected to serve 2-years terms. The School Board will mirror the City Council with 12 members total, with the same transition.
Proposed 8 Ward / 4 District / 12 Councilor Plan Maps:| 24x36 PDF (detailed) | 8.5x11 PDF | JPEG Image | Web Map | KML |
Comparison of Existing 7 Wards and Proposed 8 Wards:| 24x36 PDF (detailed) |
| Summary of Proposed City Charter Changes |
Full Text of Proposed City Charter Changes |
Redistricting is the process of adjusting electoral district boundaries to meet U.S. Constitutional requirements of equal representation. To ensure equal representation, the city has a responsibility to redraw ward boundaries and get voter and legislative approval for a charter change as soon as possible. The courts have determined that except in extraordinary circumstances, the difference between the highest and lowest number of people a city councilor represents should be less than 10%. The results of the 2010 US Census show that Ward 1 voters are under-represented, and Ward 4 and 7 voters are over-represented by the current system.
Currently, Burlington is divided into seven wards. The city's new districting plan is not limited to the current configuration. The new plan can involve any number of wards and councilors, as long as it provides approximately equal representation to all Burlington residents.
State law provides some policies that can be used to guide the redistricting process. These include:
Redistricting plans generally use the boundaries of "Census Blocks" - the groupings of houses and apartment buildings that are the smallest unit that the census uses. Plans can deviate from Census blocks if the City can show that the population count in split blocks is accurate. | Census Block Map |
Process for Developing and Approving a New Districting Plan
The City Council has appointed a Redistricting Committee that is composed of a representative from each of the seven Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPA's), four City Councilors and the mayor. The committee is charged with making a recommendation to the City Council in June. A City Council approved plan would then go to the voters.
If the voters of Burlington approve the Plan, it will be submitted to the State Legislature for formal adoption as a change to the City's Charter.
Members of the public are welcome at all Redistricting Committee meetings. | Committee Meeting Schedule |
Citizens can also offer questions and comments by e-mailing or calling the Committee's facilitator Cindy Cook, at email@example.com or 802-223-1330.
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