AVON — Driven by the 2010 census, all cities and towns in Indiana are required to redraw district lines.
The process must be complete by Dec. 31.
”There are three council wards to redistrict,” said Tom Klein, Avon town manager. “Every 10 years after a census, you have to redistrict to make that district equal, or closer to equal.”
The Town Council is required to have a public hearing and a public informational meeting regarding the new districts. In addition, the proposed map wards will be available for public review at the town hall, Avon Library, and on the town’s website, www.avongov.org.
Dan Taylor, legal council for the town, said that they have some goals while redistricting.
These goals include trying to maintain compact district lines, maintain close population districts, contiguity without holes or gaps in districts, no discrimination against communities of interest or minority groups, and attempt to keep precincts whole, if possible.
In addition, the population of each district must fall within no more than 10 percent of each of the other districts.
The council set the informational meeting for 6-7 p.m. Aug. 16. They will introduce the ordinance and hold the public hearing on Sept. 13, and seek adoption of the ordinance on Sept. 27.
With upcoming budget deadlines as well, the council was looking to pass this sooner, rather than later.
The only issue that Klein mentioned was the possibility of having to split one precinct.