County commissioners plan to keep their voting districts as close to the current configuration as possible.
A public hearing will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the county government complex in the commissioners' meeting room for public input on the redistricting proposal. The maps are now available for review during business hours the county clerk's office in the government complex.
The BOC discussed redistricting July 18 and tentatively agreed to accept the first of three options presented by a state mapmaker for the board. Another possibility — adopting the county school board’s map — had been proposed by commissioner Mike Youngblood at a recent meeting. But the board gave no indication that it was willing to make that jump. And the group voted July 25 to go with the first district option, which is the closest map to the current one.
Adopting the school board’s map would dramatically alter the BOC’s districts 2 and 4, while leaving districts 1, 3 and 5 basically intact.
District 4 commissioner Dewitt “Pete” Bond said July 18 that he favors one electoral map for both boards, rather than two separate maps.
“I’d like to see them both be the same,” said Bond.
Madison County commissioners don’t plan to adopt the school board electoral map. Pictured (L-R) are commissioners Stanley Thomas, John Pethel, chairman Anthony Dove, Mike Youngblood, Dewitt “Pete” Bond and Jim Escoe.
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