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County supervisors to begin discussions on redistricting May 26

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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:00 am

The first meeting of the five-member Pima County Redistricting Advisory Committee is set for May 26 at 9 a.m. It will take place in the Board of Supervisors’ hearing room on the first floor of the Pima County administration building, 130 W. Congress St.

The session will be devoted to organizational matters, but will include direction from the committee on a public outreach plan and a call to the audience for public comment.

This is the first of many meetings to be held at locations around the county to hear from the public on redrawing county supervisor district boundary lines, based on population growth recorded in the most recent 10-year U.S. Census.

Each of the five supervisors appointed a representative to sit on the committee.

The Board of Supervisors must adopt new district boundary lines by Dec. 1. The supervisors have requested that the panel complete its work by July 31.

Each supervisory district must be equal in population or vary by no more than 10 percent. According to Census figures, the county’s total population is 980,263.

Northwest Tucson is included in districts 1 and 3. District 1, represented by Supervisor Ann Day, encompasses the area north of the Rillito River, east of Interstate 10, to one mile east of Sabino Canyon Road, and south of the Pima-Pinal county line. It includes the Town of Oro Valley and the eastern portion of Marana; and unincorporated communities such as the Catalina Foothills, Tortolita, Casas Adobes and Catalina.

District 3, represented by Supervisor Sharon Bronson, is a sprawling district of 7,403 square miles that includes all of western Pima County, including Marana west of Interstate 10. The majority of this district is rural and comprises more than 83 percent of Pima County.

To view the current district map, visit the county website at www.pima.gov/bos/distmap/index.htm.

The two districts most likely to see changes are 4 and 5. District 4 is now the most populous district. Its population is estimated to be 20 percent greater than District 5, which is the least-populous district.

The population among the districts will be evenly divided by the redistricting to provide equal representation for residents.

The redistricting will also affect boundaries for Pima County Community College District board members. The Community College District boundaries, by law, are the same as the County Board of Supervisors’ District boundary lines.

The meeting will be webcast live on Pima County’s redistricting website, which also provides information about the redistricting process: www.pima.gov/redistricting. Cox and Comcast will broadcast the meeting live on TV channel 96.

Future meetings will be announced to the public. A Spanish interpreter will attend all meetings. To arrange for a Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui or sign-language interpreter, contact Deseret Romero at 740-8450 during business hours or by email at deseret.romero@pima.gov at least 48 hours before each meeting.

For more information, visit www.pima.gov/redistricting or call 740-8450.

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